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Children's and Youth Ministry Workshop: Anglican Diocese of Toronto Synod Workshop 2009
Children's and Youth Ministry Workshop: Anglican Diocese of Toronto Synod Workshop 2009
Children's and Youth Ministry Workshop: Anglican Diocese of Toronto Synod Workshop 2009
Children's and Youth Ministry Workshop: Anglican Diocese of Toronto Synod Workshop 2009
Children's and Youth Ministry Workshop: Anglican Diocese of Toronto Synod Workshop 2009
Children's and Youth Ministry Workshop: Anglican Diocese of Toronto Synod Workshop 2009
Children's and Youth Ministry Workshop: Anglican Diocese of Toronto Synod Workshop 2009
Children's and Youth Ministry Workshop: Anglican Diocese of Toronto Synod Workshop 2009
Children's and Youth Ministry Workshop: Anglican Diocese of Toronto Synod Workshop 2009
Children's and Youth Ministry Workshop: Anglican Diocese of Toronto Synod Workshop 2009
Children's and Youth Ministry Workshop: Anglican Diocese of Toronto Synod Workshop 2009
Children's and Youth Ministry Workshop: Anglican Diocese of Toronto Synod Workshop 2009
Children's and Youth Ministry Workshop: Anglican Diocese of Toronto Synod Workshop 2009
Children's and Youth Ministry Workshop: Anglican Diocese of Toronto Synod Workshop 2009
Children's and Youth Ministry Workshop: Anglican Diocese of Toronto Synod Workshop 2009
Children's and Youth Ministry Workshop: Anglican Diocese of Toronto Synod Workshop 2009
Children's and Youth Ministry Workshop: Anglican Diocese of Toronto Synod Workshop 2009
Children's and Youth Ministry Workshop: Anglican Diocese of Toronto Synod Workshop 2009
Children's and Youth Ministry Workshop: Anglican Diocese of Toronto Synod Workshop 2009
Children's and Youth Ministry Workshop: Anglican Diocese of Toronto Synod Workshop 2009
Children's and Youth Ministry Workshop: Anglican Diocese of Toronto Synod Workshop 2009
Children's and Youth Ministry Workshop: Anglican Diocese of Toronto Synod Workshop 2009
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Children's and Youth Ministry Workshop: Anglican Diocese of Toronto Synod Workshop 2009

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Ideas and reflections on youth and children's ministry based on the experiences of Rev. Tay Moss and Ms. Kerrie Fulton at the Church of The Messiah, Toronto. We gave this presentation at a workshop at …

Ideas and reflections on youth and children's ministry based on the experiences of Rev. Tay Moss and Ms. Kerrie Fulton at the Church of The Messiah, Toronto. We gave this presentation at a workshop at the Diocese of Toronto's 2009 Synod.

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  • 1. Children's and Youth Ministry: Ideas and Future Directions <ul><li>Facilitated by </li></ul><ul><li>Kerrie Fulton and </li></ul><ul><li>Tay Moss </li></ul><ul><li>The Church of The Messiah </li></ul>
  • 2. Prayer and Introduction Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray. Proverbs 22:6 All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the prosperity of your children. Isaiah 54:13
  • 3. Some Assumptions <ul><li>Kids may be the future, but the budget goblins don't know that </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteers are the core </li></ul><ul><li>Less money—more diversity of needs </li></ul><ul><li>Many places in survival mode—strategic, missional planning a challenge </li></ul><ul><li>You are hear to improve, be inspired, or perhaps healed </li></ul>
  • 4. The COTM Experience <ul><li>Background </li></ul><ul><li>Our Story </li></ul><ul><li>Principles </li></ul><ul><li>Best Practices </li></ul><ul><li>Future Directions </li></ul>
  • 5. Background of Church of the Messiah <ul><li>Inherited Church in the heart of the city </li></ul><ul><li>Pastoral Sized </li></ul><ul><li>Very diverse congregation </li></ul><ul><li>Unusual Number of Kids </li></ul><ul><li>New Incumbent </li></ul><ul><li>Parish Discernment revealed call to more investment in children's and youth ministry </li></ul>
  • 6. Our Story <ul><li>Once upon a time: volunteers and Godly Play </li></ul><ul><li>Then, part-time staff and experimentation </li></ul><ul><li>New staff and new opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Fruit: low hanging and otherwise... </li></ul>
  • 7. Our Story
  • 8. Principles <ul><li>Local </li></ul><ul><li>Missional </li></ul><ul><li>Participatory </li></ul><ul><li>Differentiated Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Eclectic and pragmatic </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated leadership </li></ul>
  • 9. Principles <ul><li>Integrated planning: worship, admin, pastoral care, children's ministry </li></ul><ul><li>Know Yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Know Your Job </li></ul><ul><li>Know Your Kids </li></ul><ul><li>Use the Congregational Growth Cycle! </li></ul>
  • 10. Principles <ul><li>Do not shortcut process </li></ul><ul><li>Build team </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate, Evaluate, Evaluate </li></ul><ul><li>Celebrate Successes </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate! </li></ul>
  • 11. Best Practices: Vision <ul><li>Visioning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Workshops and Parish Vision Days </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Corp Meetings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff Meetings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lunch with stakeholders </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Discern the calls—hire and fire as needed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tay's advice about hiring </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Don't worry about the numbers </li></ul>
  • 12. Best Practices: Mission <ul><li>Being missional requires having a mission </li></ul><ul><li>Build a Community </li></ul><ul><li>Know yourself! </li></ul><ul><li>The Missional Cycle: let timing determine leadership style </li></ul>
  • 13. Best Practices: Mission <ul><li>Which Zone are you in determines the appropriate leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Roxburgh, Alan. The Missional Leader. </li></ul>
  • 14. Best Practices: Vocation <ul><li>Take the Appropriate Role </li></ul><ul><li>Incumbents </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitate, articulate, then get out of the way! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give permission </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create an atmosphere of experimentation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Heap on the recognition and praise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Model self-care </li></ul></ul>
  • 15. Best Practices: Vocation <ul><li>Sunday School Staff </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be a teacher, not a parent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Know the Resources and Network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Speak up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communicate, communicate, communicate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Love 'em, feed 'em, and leave 'em alone </li></ul></ul>
  • 16. Best Practices: Vocation <ul><li>Volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Gifts Based Discernment! </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid burnout (manage expectations) </li></ul><ul><li>Give training and encouragement </li></ul><ul><li>Vocational mindset </li></ul>
  • 17. Know Your Kids <ul><li>Where do they come from? </li></ul><ul><li>What do they like? </li></ul><ul><li>What do they need? </li></ul><ul><li>What are they learning from parents? Schools? </li></ul>
  • 18. Know Your Kids <ul><li>72 School Boards in Ontario </li></ul><ul><li>ALL of them do “character” development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>But there is no agreed upon standard of virtue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Different board, different virtue! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Does the church have anything to say about character? </li></ul>
  • 19. Some Ideas <ul><li>No one liturgical expression adequate... </li></ul><ul><li>So.... Why not have them all? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Regular” Church </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Children's Church” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Family Church” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The tension: Creative Eclecticism vs. Consistency </li></ul><ul><li>The Pay-Off... </li></ul>
  • 20. Some Ideas <ul><li>In liturgy: find roles for kids </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage liturgical playfulness </li></ul><ul><li>Domestic piety? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: Little Maddie... </li></ul></ul>
  • 21. Future Directions <ul><li>For COTM: Confirmation! </li></ul><ul><li>Seven months: meetings twice a month </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Didactic sessions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Group sessions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Service Outings </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Modeling Adult spirituality: kids partnered with mentors </li></ul><ul><li>Culmination: two-night retreat at Holy Cross Monastery, West Park, NY </li></ul>
  • 22. Future Directions <ul><li>The Anglican Resource Centre </li></ul><ul><li>Library, community hub, workshop space </li></ul><ul><li>The spirituality of teaching ministries </li></ul><ul><li>By Parishes, for Parishes </li></ul>
  • 23. Discussion Groups <ul><li>Groups of three or four </li></ul><ul><li>After fifteen minutes we'll share.... </li></ul>

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