Challengers Leader Training

Throughout its history, the effectiveness of Challengers has depended on leadership. It is safe to say that one person with a passion for missions can impact an entire group of teenagers. The beginning point is a desire for students to be involved in missions.

Whether you are a new leader just starting Challengers or a leader with an expanded program, take a moment to answer these questions:

  • What are the missions education needs of our students?
  • What do our students know about the Bible's missions message?
  • In what ways do our students need to learn how to pray for missions needs?
  • What do our students know about giving financially to missions?
  • What do our students know about the Cooperative Program and the missions offerings?
  • What are our students currently learning about missions? How and where do they get that information?
  • What types of hands-on missions involvement would challenge our students?
  • What steps do we need to take to start missions education/missions discipleship in our church?

You may wish to ask several key men to answer the questions and use them for a discussion starter about Challengers in your church. Let the answers to the questions above guide you in planning for Challengers in your church.


Challengers Leader Guide

Challengers Meetings

Extras for Challengers Leaders

Additional Resources


Challengers Leader Guide

By encouraging missions education for teen boys, WMU meets and anticipates the ever-changing needs of your missions efforts. With a comprehensive student focus, this guide is essential for missions leaders who are serious about leading teenagers in Challengers.

Purchase your own copy of the Challengers Guide for Leaders. This guide has a comprehensive missions focus and is essential for Challengers leaders!

Print version (M127166) - $5.99 plus s&h

Download version (E126103) - $4.99

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Challengers Meetings

Challengers groups usually meet weekly, and most groups will meet at the same time as Acteens (WMU's gender-specific missions education organization for teenage girls). Many groups meet on Wednesdays. Some may choose to meet on Sunday afternoon or evening or even on Saturday afternoon or a weekday after school. Groups should decide when it is best to meet. Challengers group meetings may take place at the same time as other activities at the church or at times and locations that are convenient to the members, prospects, and leaders. Most groups meet at church, but you may choose to meet in someone's home or another place that is convenient for your group.

Challengers can be started with just one boy or one group. The church determines the number of Challengers groups by considering factors such as the number of teen boys, available leadership, space, and learning needs. Remember that while the age span for Challengers is only six to seven years, the learning needs of a sixth- or seventh-grader and a senior in high school are extremely wide. Challengers groups may include all grade levels, may have a separate group for each grade, or may be formed for younger and older Challengers.

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Additional Resources

Use these resources to help you understand the Challengers curriculum and organization.

Ignite: An Experience to Spark Compassion for People Who Hurt (CD)

This interactive experience is designed to help students gain a deeper understanding about those who hurt and ideas for putting faith into mission action as they minister to hurting individuals around them. The CD contains leader instructions, student handouts, and promotional materials.

W156105   $19.99

Making It in the Real World
The Reality Game of Life and Poverty (CD)

Making It in the Real World is designed as a life-sized game board and should take about two hours to complete. The CD includes game instructions, all the signs and game board pieces needed to play, debriefing instructions, and more. While very similar to the original version of the game, the revision updates poverty statistics and adds elements to make it easier to use.

W146106   $19.99

Carry On: Prepping and Packing for Successful Missions Trips

Carry On provides all the information you need to prepare your students' and your leaders' hearts, souls, minds, and strength for your next missions trip to carry the gospel locally, regionally, and internationally. Topics include a six-week preparation guide, budgeting, the why's and when's of pre-project site visits, preparing backup plans for unknown problems or changes during the trip, onsite do's and don'ts, working with onsite ministry partners, what to pack, cultural sensitivity, including your congregation in supporting the trip and the students. Prepare to carry on despite challenges. Prepare for missions trip success.

W146103   $14.99

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