Sponsored by the MidAmerica Region:Prairie Star, Central Midwest & Heartland Districts Nancy Combs- Morgan, firstname.lastname@example.org
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?
o How we define this is a reflection of our congregational visiono Keys to remember – is your vision for youth ministry: spiritual, inclusive, mu ltigenerational, faith forming, and justice seeking?
One youth staff can handle it. With a new youth director, our volunteers won’t have to work so hard.
Creates “Safe Space” Engenders a culture of creativity Nurtures theological reflection Integrates youth into the life of the congregation Provides an authentic, fun and passionate community of belonging. Has a team of adult youth leaders who are growing in faith Is part of a congregation where people are visibly invested in youth (Kenda Creasy Dean)
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 – self awareness is a key Appropriate boundaries- use a team approach Intentional spiritual practices Accountable relationships – institutional and personal
Youth ministry is thecongregation’sministry, 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 recruitingDevelop master recruiting list for future useStart smiling and dialing!
Sustainable Approach Traditional Approach Long-term focus on single o Episodic issue focus, disconnected Responsibility shared by a meetings team o Responsibility carried by Regular meetings Working a plan a youth staff person o Concerns raised *Rev. Mark randomly and reactively DeVries, “Sustainable o Expectation of quick fix; Youth Ministry” reacting to anxiousness