The first week of the EDGE Revolution is called “Evaluate” Week. This time is intentional time for students to do a number of things: look over their lives with spiritual eyes, keep each other accountable, begin anew to set an example of Christ in their schools, pray for their lost friends, and begin thinking about who to invite to Encounter week to hear the gospel.
One of the best ways to have a really impactful Evaluate week is to break up into smaller groups (it’s less intimidating, and helps students get to know each other better) and ask each other questions. Last week, Stonewall Jackson High School’s EDGE was kind enough to share some of their strategies for Evaluate week – hopefully they’ll help your club as well!
One of the first things they did was create a small worksheet that wasn’t necessarily something people needed to fill out, but helped facilitate discussion for the students. (Many thanks to Pastor Steve Benedict at Grace Life Community Church for his help as a coach in forming these questions!) The students did a warm up, which were basic ice-breaker questions, then got into “The Meat” of the discussion – What are you thankful for relationally, materially, spiritually? (Another side-note that was kind of ingenious was the use of the “Ring Of Power,” also a Pastor Steve brain-child, but whoever had the ring of power got to speak. I think the teacher whose room they met in was considering stealing this for biology class.) After students got to discuss the things they’re thankful for, they mediated and prayed over 1 Thessalonians 5:18, and the convicting questions that followed:
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” A circumstance is “an event or situation that you cannot control,” according to Webster’s Dictionary. What difficult circumstances have you learned to give thanks for? How might God be calling you towards thankfulness in all things?
From there, students discussed different parts of life that were hard, and were brought back to the reminder that God is faithful to provide and bring them through. Not just circumstantially, but the faithfulness of God saves us from our sin when were helpless to save ourselves. The faithfulness of God continues to love us, even when we mess up. There’s reminder that there are students who don’t know there’s hope out there for their sins to be forgiven, and their lives to begin anew.
Great Evaluate week, and powerful reminders of why EDGE exists in the first place – to allow students the opportunity to hear the gospel, and find a local church who will disciple them to grow in their faith.