5 Back-to-School Outreach Ideas

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According to a survey by the Center for the Study of Global Christianity, one in five non-Christians in the U.S. and Canada don’t know any Christians personally. It’s clear that we need to equip our kids to reach out into their communities and show Jesus’ love to others. With school back in full swing, now’s a great time to focus on outreach. Here are five simple, effective ideas that’ll help you and your kids reach out where they are…school!


1. Start off Strong Hold a no-strings-attached back-to-school night. Ask families and senior citizens in your church to donate baked goods for people to enjoy and volunteer their time the evening of the event. Have volunteers meet early at the school to set up refreshments and for a time of prayer. Pray for the school, staff, students, and families. Make sure your volunteers clean up afterwards! (Check out the link for even more ideas your kids will love!)

2. Back-To-School Backpacks One easy outreach standby has been collecting school supplies for kids. Here’s an easy way to give this classic outreach event an extra boost. Click the link to check out a supply list with fun reminders to go with each item to show kids God’s love.

3. Don’t Forget Homeschool “The back-to-school crowd is populated with a growing number of homeschooled kids who are very often some of the most involved members of your children’s ministry.” Check out this article by Michelle VanLoon for a look inside the church/homeschool connection.

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4. Invite Teachers Jake Senft, a friend in ministry from Ohio, shared this idea for a schoolteacher appreciation day. Check the link for all the details of Jake’s ministry’s event.

5. College-Bound Another friend in ministry, Lisa Shelor from Virginia, shared with us how her kids loved making care packages for college students who’re going back to school. The added benefit? Many of those college students ended up volunteering at their children’s ministry when they returned home!


So how do you help your kids discover a love for outreach? Share with us using the comment section below!

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David Jennings

David has served kids around the world for the majority of his life. From Texas to Romania, he has followed where God has led him. Most recently, he served for six years as a children's director in the great state of Alabama before moving to Colorado to work for Group as an associate editor. He is now serving in the church again! Our loss is kids' gain!

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