Posted by: mylifeisepic | June 29, 2007

The 7/10 split

A part of youth ministry that is interesting is to watch the students develop.

They develop acne, body parts, body hair, personality, attitude, and they also start to develop into full-fledged teenagersslashcrazypeople.

But a thought that I’ve been developing lately is something called “The 7/10 Split.” I’m not a very good bowler at all – I’m giddy if I bowl a 120. But, back to the split – it talks about two critical grades in a student’s life that they begin to make decisions about who they want to be (especially in regards to their faith) and make decisions about how their life is going to develop (whether they realize it or not).

The 7/10 split talks about 7th grade and 10th grade. Those are two of the most critical times in a students’ life. In 7th grade, that’s when students decide first if they want to stick in church, if the girls are hot enough, and if the service is fun enough. If we get them in 7th grade, I think we hold them for a few years.

That’s where the “10” of the 7/10 split comes in. The “10” is 10th grade. Yup – sophomore year of high schools. Girls are hotter. Boys are starting to get muscles. They are starting to drive. Beer is a little easier to drink than it was in 9th grade. Having a job is now legal. And their personalitiesSLASHattitudes are really starting to develop. Tenth grade is where I really feel we lose many of our students.

How can we change that? Is it discipleship? Is it more “entertainistry?” Is it more events? Is it better graphics? Is it funnier stories in sermons?

I’m not sure. But we desperately have to change it. I’m tired of seeing our youth ministries diminish once they get into high school. We’re missing the point on student ministry if we don’t keep the students in the ministry.

I’ll get back to you on this 7/10 split thing.

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