Published on February 14, 2014
Sponsored by the MidAmerica Region: Prairie Star, Central Midwest & Heartland Districts Nancy Combs-Morgan & Dori Thexton
Can you just give us some good ideas? Can you keep our youth ministry from failing? Do you understand how different we are? Will you help my congregation understand it’s not just about the numbers? Can you keep the politics away from youth ministry?
Steeple chasing Underinvestment Mis-investment Questions of capacity: o Budget $1,000 minimum per youth o One full-time staff for every 50 youth o One adult for every five youth
One youth staff can handle it. Wallpaper vs. concrete “We’ll never hire from within our church” With a new youth director, our volunteers won’t have to work so hard.
Control documents – annual events calendar, job descriptions, master recruiting list, curriculum template Youth ministry mission/vision statement 3 year plan Statement of values
Emotional health – appropriate boundaries, intentional spiritual practices, accountable relationships Balcony time; three kinds of meetings; the value of “third pig” youth workers
Youth ministry is the congregation’s ministry, not just that of specialists who can relate to teenagers. The mandate to BE THERE for young people belongs to the whole faith community. Kenda Creasy Dean
Teams are crucial to the long-term success of youth ministry. The first step of calling volunteers is the hardest. Blanket appeals and mass announcements don’t work!
Start early – at least 6 months before volunteer term begins Identify your needs – RE teachers, advisors, event leaders/organizers, planning committee members, small group leaders Be strategic in recruiting – don’t ask an “A” player to do a “C” level job Develop master recruiting list for future use Start smiling and dialing!
Sustainable Approach Traditional Approach Long-term focus on o Episodic focus, single issue Responsibility shared by a team Regular meetings – 3 kinds of meetings Working a plan disconnected meetings o Responsibility carried by the youth staffperson o Concerns raised randomly and reactively o Expectation of quick fix; reacting to anxiousness
Stage 1: Creating blueprint & preparing for the process Stage 2: Laying the foundation Stage 3: Beginning to build Stage 4: Framing the second floor
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