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Sustainable youth ministrywebinar(2)


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Based on book by Mark DeVries

Based on book by Mark DeVries

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  • 1. Sponsored by the MidAmerica Region:
    Prairie Star, Central Midwest & Heartland Districts
    Nancy Combs-Morgan & Dori Thexton
    Sustainable Youth Ministry
  • 2. What would an enduring Youth Ministry look like in a congregation?
  • 3. 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?
  • 4. There’s no easy button: the crisis of chronic underinvestment
    Steeple chasing
    Questions of capacity:
    • Budget $1,000 minimum per youth
    • 5. One full-time staff for every 50 youth
    • 6. One adult for every five youth
  • Myths of Superstar Youth Directors
    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.
  • 7. Content thinking vs. systems thinking
  • 8. 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
  • 9. 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
  • 10. 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
  • 11. I got involved in youth ministry because I don’t want to deal with congregational politics!
  • 12. Recruiting – a process that works!
    • Teams are crucial to the long-term success of youth ministry.
    • 13. The first step of calling volunteers is the hardest.
    • 14. Blanket appeals and mass announcements don’t work!
    • Start early – at least 6 months before volunteer term begins
    • 15. Identify your needs – RE teachers, advisors, event leaders/organizers, planning committee members, small group leaders
    • 16. Be strategic in recruiting – don’t ask an “A” player to do a “C” level job
    • 17. Develop master recruiting list for future use
    • 18. Start smiling and dialing!
    When you follow the steps, it works!
  • 19. Sustainable Approach
    • Long-term focus on single issue
    • 20. Responsibility shared by a team
    • 21. Regular meetings – 3 kinds of meetings
    • 22. Working a plan
    • 23. Episodic focus, disconnected meetings
    • 24. Responsibility carried by the youth staffperson
    • 25. Concerns raised randomly and reactively
    • 26. Expectation of quick fix; reacting to anxiousness
    When all the brilliant plans don’t work
    Traditional Approach
  • 27. Sustainable Youth Ministry Builder’s List
    Stage 1: Creating blueprint & preparing for the process
    Stage 2: Laying the foundation
    Stage 3: Beginning to build
    Stage 4: Framing the second floor
  • 28. The bolder our plans, the more competent people we attract. Mike Woodruff