I do not have a lot of chances to meet with students but I try to as often as I possibly can. One of those opportunities is school lunch. I have been to eat lunch with kids dozens of times. The awkward stares I get from teenagers does not get an easier and when a teenager asks me if I am the student’s dad then it really makes me feel like 100 bucks. Not to mention that in some schools I have to get a special declaration from the President himself to eat lunch with them. Yet, in spite of all of this the students really look forward to me eating with them. I meet them on their own turf. On the grounds of culture in which they peruse on a daily basis is the place where I (and Christ) can meet them on mutual terms. At church (premises) it is a bit forced and uncomfortable but out on their own grounds they open up and I get to know them even more.
Nothing new with this idea but I recommend you eat lunch with every student in your youth group once a year…if possible.