Sponsored by the MidAmerica Region: Prairie Star, Central Midwest & Heartland Districts Nancy Combs-Morgan & Dori Thexton Sustainable Youth Ministry
What would an enduring Youth Ministry look like in a congregation?
You know you’re “stuck” if you’re asking these questions. 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?
There’s no easy button: the crisis of chronic underinvestment Steeple chasing Underinvestment Mis-investment Questions of capacity:
Structures of Sustainability Control documents – annual events calendar, job descriptions, master recruiting list, curriculum template Youth ministry mission/vision statement 3 year plan Statement of values
Healthy youth staff and longevity Emotional health – appropriate boundaries, intentional spiritual practices, accountable relationships Balcony time; three kinds of meetings; the value of “third pig” youth workers
Whose job is it anyway? 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
I got involved in youth ministry because I don’t want to deal with congregational politics!