It is God’s will for students of faith to stand strong and share the gospel with their friends at school. Seek God’s wisdom, guidance, favor, and provision as you step out to establish an S3 club at your school. Pray for God to bring you friends that will come along side you, parents to support you, and the courage to ask others to attend. You can do this!
"Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain."
1 Corinthians 15:58
It takes a team to launch an effective club: student leaders, faculty sponsor (usually), & adult support. Do not be discouraged if finding support doesn't come quickly. God knows exactly who needs to be in each role.
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Fill out the School Club Request Letter and present it to the appropriate Administrator to get official approval for starting a student-led club.
Students should be the one to make the request but an adult volunteer may accompany the student to meet with the Principal or Assistant Principal.
Find out what the rules are for non-curricular clubs for example: Can students make posters? Pass out flyers? Make announcements? The same rules will apply for a S3 club.
With your team, decide on a meeting day, time, and location. Make sure proper procedures are followed with the school- S3 meetings may be placed on the school calendar, rooms may need to be reserved, etc.
Refer to the S3 Manual (available once registration is approved) to determine student leader roles, weekly meeting agenda, and adult support. Vital details are in the manual- please read carefully.
Register on the S3 website to start your club. Once approved, you will have access to all club resources.
SHARE YOUR ENTHUSIASM
Spread the word in every way possible! Use social media, tell friends and family, wear S3 T-shirts, and pass out cards/flyers etc.
Tell everyone you know what you’re doing and ask them to spread the word too. Let local churches know about the S3 club and ask them to share the info with their congregation/youth group.
It would also be good to reach out to your church and youth leaders so that you can also gain support from them as well as make announcements to recruit more students to your club.
CLUB KICK OFF
Kick off Students Standing Strong with a fun and informative first club meeting. Leaders introduce themselves and cast the vision for what weekly meetings will look like going forward.
Play games & get to know each other the first couple weeks. Don't forget to introduce new people. It takes time for people to warm up and get to know one another so don't try to force friendships to happen but make the space for community to grow. Have good food, play music, have fun, share the vision/purpose for having S3 at your school, and close in prayer.
Start lessons the 2nd week. Get ready for God to do amazing things!
Feel free to plan community events with your group, off-campus mission trips or service projects, off-campus gatherings like going to a movie, worship nights, or sporting events, or even study groups.
The more times you meet together the more comfortable and more familiar everyone will become. Let us know if you want to plan a S3 Special Event. This is an evening program that meets on-campus that includes free food, worship, and a great speaker that every student at the school is invited to. This event is sponsored by the parents and students of the S3 club.
You can also do a back to school bash or kick-off with your existing club members and even an end of semester or end of year party with your club. Get creative and have fun with it!