Sponsored by the MidAmerica Region:Prairie Star, Central Midwest & Heartland                 Districts  Nancy Combs-Morgan...
 Can you just give us some good ideas? Can you keep our youth ministry from failing? Do you understand how different we...
 Steeple chasing Underinvestment Mis-investment Questions of capacity:o Budget $1,000  minimum per youtho One full-tim...
 One youth staff can  handle it. Wallpaper vs. concrete “We’ll never hire from  within our church” With a new youth  d...
 Control documents –  annual events  calendar, job  descriptions, master  recruiting  list, curriculum template Youth mi...
 Emotional health – appropriate boundaries, intentional spiritual practices, accountable relationships Balcony time; thr...
Youth ministry is thecongregation’s ministry,not just that ofspecialists who canrelate to teenagers. Themandate to BE THER...
 Teams are crucial to  the long-term success  of youth ministry. The first step of calling  volunteers is the  hardest....
Start early – at least 6 months before volunteer term beginsIdentify your needs – RE teachers, advisors, event leaders/o...
Sustainable Approach         Traditional Approach Long-term focus on         o Episodic  single issue                 foc...
Stage 1: Creatingblueprint & preparingfor the processStage 2: Laying thefoundationStage 3: Beginning tobuildStage 4: Frami...
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Nancy Combs-Morgan
MidAmerica Coordinator of Emerging Youth and Young Adult Ministries
Dori Davenport Thexton
Faith Development and Growth Director, Central Midwest District UUA

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  1. 1. Sponsored by the MidAmerica Region:Prairie Star, Central Midwest & Heartland Districts Nancy Combs-Morgan & Dori Thexton
  2. 2.  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?
  3. 3.  Steeple chasing Underinvestment Mis-investment Questions of capacity:o Budget $1,000 minimum per youtho One full-time staff for every 50 youtho One adult for every five youth
  4. 4.  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.
  5. 5.  Control documents – annual events calendar, job descriptions, master recruiting list, curriculum template Youth ministry mission/vision statement 3 year plan Statement of values
  6. 6.  Emotional health – appropriate boundaries, intentional spiritual practices, accountable relationships Balcony time; three kinds of meetings; the value of “third pig” youth workers
  7. 7. Youth ministry is thecongregation’s ministry,not just that ofspecialists who canrelate to teenagers. Themandate to BE THEREfor young peoplebelongs to the wholefaith community.Kenda Creasy Dean
  8. 8.  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!
  9. 9. 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!
  10. 10. Sustainable Approach Traditional Approach Long-term focus on o Episodic single issue focus, disconnected Responsibility shared by meetings a team o Responsibility carried by Regular meetings – 3 the youth staffperson kinds of meetings o Concerns raised Working a plan randomly and reactively o Expectation of quick fix; reacting to anxiousness
  11. 11. Stage 1: Creatingblueprint & preparingfor the processStage 2: Laying thefoundationStage 3: Beginning tobuildStage 4: Framing thesecond floor

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