SOAR 2016 Leader Guide

Here’s a link to our SOAR Schedule.

I’m so thankful you are investing in students this week at the SOAR conference. I truly believe that lives will be changed and God will call some of our students to do incredible things.

Your Role as Leader

I tell leaders this every year and I mean it every year: leaders make or break student trips. What you do this week will affect your few and the group at large. Having a great attitude and consistantly focusing your few on what God wants to do in them is the difference between a routine trip and a life-changing encounter with God.

Here’s what we ask of you:

  1. Keep up with your few. You will be in charge of three students. Your primary role in keeping them safe, keeping them engaged, and leading them in your room. When we check roll, I will ask you if your room is here. You just keep up with your three.
  2. Keep your attitude upbeat. Students attitudes will never be better than yours. Smile, talk positively about what’s going on, and never ever ever complain about other leaders to your students.
  3. Keep your students on time. I make no bones about running a tight ship. Encourage your students to keep their schedule handy and set the example by always being a few minutes early.
  4. Keep your few focused on God. There’s a lot going on at SOAR and it can be easy for students to focus on the wrong thing. Always bring the conversation back to what God is doing in their lives at every chance you get.
  5. Keep your few reflecting on God. New this year is Room Discussions. As God uses ASM to reach more and more students, we must be intentional about impacting students as individuals. Each night you will engage your few in discussion about how God spoke to them that day. (Room Discussion guides are below.)

What You Need to Do Before We Get On the Bus

  1. Meet your few. If you don’t already know them, meet ’em!
  2. Get you few’s phone number. This is so important.
  3. Give your few your phone number. This is also important.
  4. Make sure you get your meal money. Stephen will have these.

Room Discussion Guides

This has the potential to be the most impactful time of a student’s SOAR trip. Be sure to gather your few for discussion on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Generally speaking, these discussions should be between 15 and 30 minutes.

Discussion for Wednesday Night

  1. What was your favorite moment today?
  2. Read Psalm 67 with your few.
  3. What is God’s mission?
  4. From the sermon and the Global Village, what stirred your heart toward God’s mission the most? (i.e. Was there something mentioned or something in your Global Village expereice that really impacted you?)
  5. Read Psalm 86:9-10 with your few.
  6. What is God’s “big picture” when it comes to missions?
  7. What is your place in God’s story?
  8. What is Antioch’s place in God’s story?
  9. What’s one thing you need to do based on what you heard today?
  10. Pray meaningfully with your few. Be sure to pray for Antioch’s upcoming church plant in Georgetown, Texas, for the Comers, and for the team Andy is putting together to join him.

Discussion for Thursday Night

  1. What was your favorite moment today?
  2. Watch this video with your few.
  3. Pray over what you saw in the video.
  4. What has following God and His mission ever cost you?
  5. If you truly followed God, what do you think it would cost you?
  6. What’s one thing you need to do based on what you heard today?
  7. Pray meaningfully with your few. Be sure to pray for Antioch’s upcoming church plant in Georgetown, Texas, for the Comers, and for the team Andy is putting together to join him.

Questions You Might Have

  1. Is there a curfew? Yes, each night at midnight. The only exception is if they plan to attend the VSM Midnight Meeting on Thursday night. If they do, they need to let you know in advance.
  2. Do I need to be with my few all the time? No, just know where they are.
  3. Do I need to be on the same bus as my few? No, just make sure they’re on one.
  4. What if I have left over meal money? You are welcome to turn it back in if you don’t eat it all.
  5. What if we have an issue with a student? Let Stephen or Nathan know – we’ll take care of it.