Youth Ministry Question: How do you deal with those kids who have graduated from the Youth Group yet aren't ready to make the transition into the College, or Young Adults, Group at your church?
I feel like this is a problem that every youth ministry faces. Unfortunately, I've never seen it dealt with effectively. In some ways I feel like I've probably failed a couple kids over the years by not being more helpful during this time. I just don't know what to do. I skipped over that awkward phase in my life by going away to college, but what do you do with the kids who stick around?
My church has a pretty vibrant young adults group, but I can see how someone who has just graduated from high school might be overwhelmed and apprehensive about joining a group of people in their mid twenties with full-time jobs and spouses. There's quite an age gap there, not to mention an even larger maturity gap.
So, what do you do? Anyone out there have any suggestions? Do you get them involved elsewhere in your church? Do you push them into the young adults group despite any uncomfortableness that might cause?
This year, I've decided to survey my graduate(s) to see what they think. My hope is that I can begin a discussion with them that will foster better results than in the past. I'll let you know how that works out.