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 youtho One full-time staff for every 50 youtho 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 thecongregation’s ministry,not just that ofspecialists who canrelate to teenagers. Themandate to BE THEREfor young peoplebelongs to the wholefaith 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 beginsIdentify your needs – RE teachers, advisors, event leaders/organizers, planning committee members, small group leadersBe strategic in recruiting – don’t ask an “A” player to do a “C” level jobDevelop master recruiting list for future useStart smiling and dialing!
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