The purpose of Headstart Day is to pull your adult and student leadership (and potential leadership) together to:
- Refocus on the Lord and encourage each other to walk by faith and obey Him.
- Build their vision for being a part of fulfilling the Great Commission.
- Encourage students to pray for their school.
- Help students develop a personal ministry plan and make a commitment to being part of the team for the next school year.
- Teach them to share their faith and take them sharing.
- Build camaraderie and unity.
Place & Time
The ideal setting for this time would be a small camp where you can get away from distractions. However, a comfortable church meeting room or a large home where your volunteers and students can spread out to pray and plan would work just as well. Keep in mind that you want all of your key students and volunteers to be there. The best time to do this would be a week before school starts or the first Saturday after school has begun. Saturday seems to work the best, and the attached schedule is geared for this day, but do what works best for you and your group.
Besides the sample schedule, we have enclosed sample worksheets and leader’s helps that you will use during this time. Be sure that you thoroughly understand how to use them and have copies prepared before you meet. Your coach can help you with these worksheets. Also, be sure to make your own Campus Plan before the Headstart Day!
Remember one important word: delegate. You do not have to do it all by yourself. If you start now by using your leadership, it will set the expectation that it is “our” ministry, not “yours”. When you invite people, find out if they went on any summer mission trips and ask them to be ready to share and encourage the others.
As you go through a time of planning and mapping the campus, it is very important to help your leadership students and adults keep an attitude of faith. This is where you want to say things like: “What if we got a chance to share the gospel with the entire _____ team?” and “This is something so big that, if it happens, everyone will know that it was God who did it” or “It seems like God has really been working in _____; I wonder how we could join Him in what He is already doing.”
Set the expectation right from the beginning that the only way you will see anything of lasting value result from your efforts is if you build on a foundation of prayer. One of the prayer action points that you want to come with is a plan for your students to be involved with the “See You at the Pole” strategy. Together, think through what could be planned to facilitate ongoing student prayer at school.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
8:30 Welcome Time (name tags and refreshments)
9:00 Praise and Worship (open time with prayer to dedicate your time to the Lord)
9:30 Session One – Vision – Get them to think about why they believe in and follow Jesus. What do they love about him? Why do they need him? How has he changed them or others they know? What does He offer people? Why do all people need Him? Eternity- what will heaven and hell really be like? (ideas for giving them vision).
10:45 Session Two – Prayer – I would do this after the planning time so they are thinking about the campus. This time is to motivate them and equip them to begin praying for their lost friends. Encourage them to pray daily for one friend (or more); to create some system for bringing their friends before the Lord often. Give them prayer strategy ideas. Talk about how prayer works. Spend time in prayer for the campus.
11:45 Lunch & Recreation
1:30 Session Three – Planning (Mapping Your Campus) Maybe the students don’t feel like they have non- Christian friends. Remind them to look for opportunities to build relationships in their classes, through jobs, extra-curricular activities. If they are not involved in any of these, challenge them to think of an interest or hobby and get involved with other non- Christians. (You could offer another time with students, after Headstart or even at a mealtime at Headstart to brainstorm areas of interests that they share with non- Christians to help them begin to build relationships- examples: music, movies, jobs, college, school work).
3:00 Break – Add a session on using the Connect booklet and surveys/transitions for sharing the gospel. Go out sharing. I would do this instead of the Campus Plan. You can regather the students to do that later or have the leader add their ideas from Mapping to the C.P. at a later date. You could also have this sharing time be on Friday and then do this outline on Saturday.
3:15 Session Four – Planning
5:00 Clean up and go home or recreation activity (e.g. volleyball) as a group