Campus Clubs

How to Start a Campus Club

Christian Clubs are supported by the equal access act and have been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. To start a club at your school, follow these simple steps.

Step 1 – PRAY

Everything we seek to do for God should always begin with prayer.

  1. Ask for God’s wisdom and direction.
    “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6).
  2. Pray for God’s favor upon your dream to start a campus club.
  3. Pray for the approval process.
    “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. . .” (Luke 18:1).

Students and adults from your church and community can join your team by supporting your club in prayer and by becoming Prayer Zone Partners.

Step 2 – CONNECT

It’s been said that one is too small a number for greatness. It’s important to connect with the people who will enable your club to be a success.

As you begin the process of starting a campus club, take time to check the spiritual PULSE on your campus. The Campus Alliance has developed a way to evaluate the health of the Christian movement on your campus. It will also be useful for the ongoing evaluation of the health of your club. You can conduct an online evaluation at www.everyschool.com. ¬†Click on “Check Your Pulse.”

CONNECT WITH OTHER STUDENTS
Make a list of students from multiple churches and denominations who are interested in forming a Youth Alive chartered club. Be sure to use the Student Interest Form when making your list.

Check out the Youth Alive Preparation Sheet to help walk you through some steps to make your club’s start successful. You can refer to this sheet throughout the process of forming your club.

CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY
Make a list of at least three businesses, churches, and community leaders who will support the formation of your campus club. You can use the Business, Church, and Community Support List to help you.

These community leaders will strengthen your effectiveness and possibly provide a means of sponsorship for the club. A lot of times, people are willing to support a cause that builds students’ hope, but they’re just waiting for someone to ask for their help.

CONNECT WITH FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATORS
Preparation

Before you meet with your principal, do your homework.

Initial Appointment with Principal
Schedule an initial appointment with your principal.

  1. Warmly and respectfully approach your principal with your interest in starting a campus club. Come prepared with your Student Interest List and, if possible, the name of a faculty advisor.
  2. Ask him or her to fill you in on the school’s policy and procedure for this type of request.
  3. Politely ask for the school policy in writing if you are told you cannot start a Christian club on campus.

Presentation Appointment
Schedule a presentation appointment with the principal or administrator at your school. When preparing for your presentation, remember to be respectful, organized, and wear appropriate attire.