Youth Ministry Events  as Faith Formation       Part One
Exemplary Youth Ministry Study44 assets - Divided into 4 categories:      1. Congregation as a whole      2. Direct minist...
What is Event Ministry?Event Ministry happens when: we gather young people together in community for the purpose of growin...
When Event Ministry is donewell..There is a:1. Sense of the presence and activity of a living God2. Emphasis on spiritual ...
Partner SharingShare a story about a young person you haveworked with in ministry and how an eventhad a significant impact...
Bridge Analogy
River of Youth CultureWhat did youhear during thelandscapingsection of thistraining aboutthe currentstate of the riverof y...
Build a BridgeUse the supplies provided to build a bridgeover your “river of youth culture” (blueconstruction paper)
Kenda Creasy Dean Quote:“When you’ve got more than five people, you have to structure things. Programs never replace relat...
Confirmation      peer ministry retreat               Bowling                           Mission Trip             Bible stu...
Begin in Discernment and PrayerWhat are the needs of your youth?What is God up to and how is the Spirit leading?
Program Pyramid
Ask:What are you hoping to accomplish through the event?Who are you hoping will attend?What are your goals?
Discuss: Think of events you have had in your congregations. Write them on the Program Pyramid. What types of events were ...
Steps to PlanningCommunicate purpose and intended audience to the team planning the event.Create a timelineAssign tasks...
Planning GridParts of the Event Jobs that need to be done   Person responsible DeadlineGathering game    Pick up supplies:...
Deciding Who to Invite: YouthNot all youth should attend all youth ministry events.Events should be designed with specif...
Spiritual Interest Levels of Youth       Disinterested       Attending Resisters       Status Quo       Seeker       ...
Activity:Reflect on the youth in your congregation.Write the names of youth that fall into each category.                C...
Getting Youth to Attend an EventMake youth and adults aware earlyFlood youth with information: posters, announcements, p...
Share:What successfulideas have youused to promoteevents within yourcongregation.
Deciding who to Invite:             Adult LeadersDifferent Levels of Investment in Youth Ministry:Coordinator/Point Perso...
Activity:Take a moment tothink of and listpeople from yourcongregation thatfall into eachinvestment in youthministry categ...
Jesus’ ModelCrowdsSending of the Seventy two12 Disciples3 Disciple Inner CircleTask specific: Zacheaus provided dinne...
Be Intentional• Do NOT fill spaces:     Ex. We are looking for anyone able to help with Wednesday      nights. Sign up in...
Activity:As a group, pick a type of event from the Program Pyramid. Describe your event.Design the ideal leader. Choose ...
Qualities to ConsiderA committed faith centered in ChristCares deeply for youth and able to relate wellMatureFocused o...
Activity:Find others with pieces from your puzzle.       Assemble the puzzle together.
Debrief:Was it hard to find your group?What happened if someone brought pieces to the wrong puzzle?What happened if you...
Build a TeamMale/Female RatioExtrovert and IntrovertBig picture and Details orientedSpecific skills
How to Ask Adults to be LeadersSet up a time to meet with themExplain why your congregation is investing in this eventE...
ELCA Youth Ministry NetworkAdult leaders benefit from opportunities that provide: Renewal Education Building of connec...
Train Adult LeadersWhat areas of theology do your adults need to be trained in for this event?What areas of youth minist...
Face to Face Trainings     Spring 2011      Fall 2011     Spring 2012
Online WebinarsLutheran theology: How God works in the WorldLutheran Theology: How Lutherans read the BibleLeading a Sm...
Ministry with AdultsAdult Leaders set the tone and example for the entire event. Make it good.Receive their questions an...
Discuss:Pick an event you have coming up in yourcongregation.What type of training could you offer thatwould improve the e...
Congregational CommunityRemind congregation of Baptismal promise: “People of God, do you promise to   support this child ...
Congregational CommunityHelp youth ministry be visible to the congregation.Create church wise intergenerational contact ...
Congregational Covenants“And you, people of God, will you support these youth, sent by God to serve God’s people with the ...
Brainstorm:Group 1: Ways to be visible in congregationGroup 2: Ways to create intergenerational               contact po...
Prayer
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  1. 1. Youth Ministry Events as Faith Formation Part One
  2. 2. Exemplary Youth Ministry Study44 assets - Divided into 4 categories: 1. Congregation as a whole 2. Direct ministry with young people 3. Family/household in which young people live 4. LeadershipEvent Ministry falls into the category of Direct Ministry with Young People.
  3. 3. What is Event Ministry?Event Ministry happens when: we gather young people together in community for the purpose of growing their faith and building up the body of Christ.Event Ministry takes many varied forms.
  4. 4. When Event Ministry is donewell..There is a:1. Sense of the presence and activity of a living God2. Emphasis on spiritual growth, discipleship, and vocation.And the events:3. Promote outreach and mission4. Reflect congregational priority and support for youth ministry5. Foster significant relationships and sense of community6. Develop committed competent leadership
  5. 5. Partner SharingShare a story about a young person you haveworked with in ministry and how an eventhad a significant impact on their faith life.You may also tell a personal story. What was the event? How did you see transformation in the young person or yourself? What was different about the person or their faith as a result of the event?
  6. 6. Bridge Analogy
  7. 7. River of Youth CultureWhat did youhear during thelandscapingsection of thistraining aboutthe currentstate of the riverof youthculture?
  8. 8. Build a BridgeUse the supplies provided to build a bridgeover your “river of youth culture” (blueconstruction paper)
  9. 9. Kenda Creasy Dean Quote:“When you’ve got more than five people, you have to structure things. Programs never replace relationships, but they can create space and offer nutrients for relationship that wouldn’t take root otherwise. Ideally, a youth program allows teenagers to befriend people who are united in Christ but not much else. It allows teens to create paths where youth and Christian adults can practice together being faithful to God and each other.”
  10. 10. Confirmation peer ministry retreat Bowling Mission Trip Bible study Youth worship service event small group discussionELCA Youth Gathering
  11. 11. Begin in Discernment and PrayerWhat are the needs of your youth?What is God up to and how is the Spirit leading?
  12. 12. Program Pyramid
  13. 13. Ask:What are you hoping to accomplish through the event?Who are you hoping will attend?What are your goals?
  14. 14. Discuss: Think of events you have had in your congregations. Write them on the Program Pyramid. What types of events were they? Did they accomplish the intended purpose?
  15. 15. Steps to PlanningCommunicate purpose and intended audience to the team planning the event.Create a timelineAssign tasks and set deadlinesCreate permission slips and paperworkRecruit adult leaders and youth
  16. 16. Planning GridParts of the Event Jobs that need to be done Person responsible DeadlineGathering game Pick up supplies: Shivon 3/4 marshmallows toothpicksDinner in mentor Order Pizza Tanner 3/5, 5pm groups Copy discussion handouts Maggie 3/4 Find volunteers to serve Jessica 2/26
  17. 17. Deciding Who to Invite: YouthNot all youth should attend all youth ministry events.Events should be designed with specific purpose and audience in mindThere should be discernment and prayer on the part of youth and adults
  18. 18. Spiritual Interest Levels of Youth Disinterested Attending Resisters Status Quo Seeker Committed
  19. 19. Activity:Reflect on the youth in your congregation.Write the names of youth that fall into each category. Consider: To what type of event might you invite an attending resister? A seeker? A committed?
  20. 20. Getting Youth to Attend an EventMake youth and adults aware earlyFlood youth with information: posters, announcements, postcards, email, Facebook, text, websiteHave past participants shareDirect invitationHold a meeting for youth and their parent/mentorSet registration deadline early.For larger events, get a financial commitment
  21. 21. Share:What successfulideas have youused to promoteevents within yourcongregation.
  22. 22. Deciding who to Invite: Adult LeadersDifferent Levels of Investment in Youth Ministry:Coordinator/Point PersonLeadership and Planning AdultsRelational Ministry AdultsConsistently Involved AdultsTask Oriented AdultsAware and Supportive AdultsUnaware or Disinterested Adults
  23. 23. Activity:Take a moment tothink of and listpeople from yourcongregation thatfall into eachinvestment in youthministry category.
  24. 24. Jesus’ ModelCrowdsSending of the Seventy two12 Disciples3 Disciple Inner CircleTask specific: Zacheaus provided dinner, women annointed his feet, someone provided the donkey
  25. 25. Be Intentional• Do NOT fill spaces:  Ex. We are looking for anyone able to help with Wednesday nights. Sign up in the narthex.Discern and ChooseBe specific about the rolesWatch adults interact with youth. Look for abilities, experience, and potentialAsk youth who they see as caring adultsPray for God’s guidance
  26. 26. Activity:As a group, pick a type of event from the Program Pyramid. Describe your event.Design the ideal leader. Choose a volunteer from your group to be your “adult leader”. In your group think of qualities you will be looking for in your adult leaders for this event. Write the qualities on post it notes and stick them to your volunteer.
  27. 27. Qualities to ConsiderA committed faith centered in ChristCares deeply for youth and able to relate wellMatureFocused on youth and their needsCan be firm with boundaries and limitsFlexible and patientPosses good common senseSense of humorCommitted and reliableMakes good decisions under pressure
  28. 28. Activity:Find others with pieces from your puzzle. Assemble the puzzle together.
  29. 29. Debrief:Was it hard to find your group?What happened if someone brought pieces to the wrong puzzle?What happened if you were missing a person?Did it take more people and time to complete some of the larger puzzles?Did some people bring more pieces to the puzzle than others?How is this activity an illustration for team ministry?
  30. 30. Build a TeamMale/Female RatioExtrovert and IntrovertBig picture and Details orientedSpecific skills
  31. 31. How to Ask Adults to be LeadersSet up a time to meet with themExplain why your congregation is investing in this eventExplain why you are asking them. Be specific. What qualities do they bring? Did youth request them? What special skills make them an asset?Explain expectationsAsk for questionsGive them time to prayerfully considerFollow up by a deadline.Do background checks* - More at Fall training
  32. 32. ELCA Youth Ministry NetworkAdult leaders benefit from opportunities that provide: Renewal Education Building of connectionsDesire leaders competent in areas of: Theology Youth Ministry Theory (Why we do what we do) Youth Ministry Skills (How we effectively do what we do)
  33. 33. Train Adult LeadersWhat areas of theology do your adults need to be trained in for this event?What areas of youth ministry theory would help prepare your adults?What skills will they need for this event?
  34. 34. Face to Face Trainings Spring 2011 Fall 2011 Spring 2012
  35. 35. Online WebinarsLutheran theology: How God works in the WorldLutheran Theology: How Lutherans read the BibleLeading a Small GroupYour Role as a LeaderPlanning for the UnexpectedStrategic and Intentional PlanningFaith Conversations with Teenagers
  36. 36. Ministry with AdultsAdult Leaders set the tone and example for the entire event. Make it good.Receive their questions and input.Opportunity for relational ministry with adults. How does your work with adult leaders and volunteers point Jesus?
  37. 37. Discuss:Pick an event you have coming up in yourcongregation.What type of training could you offer thatwould improve the experience andeffectiveness of the program for youthand adults?
  38. 38. Congregational CommunityRemind congregation of Baptismal promise: “People of God, do you promise to support this child and pray for them in their new life in Christ?” (ELW) We do.
  39. 39. Congregational CommunityHelp youth ministry be visible to the congregation.Create church wise intergenerational contact points.Develop ways for young people to be involved in worship.Create ways for adults to pray for specific young peopleInform the congregation about the program and its impact.
  40. 40. Congregational Covenants“And you, people of God, will you support these youth, sent by God to serve God’s people with the Gospel of hope and salvation? Will you pray for them, help and honor them for their work’s sake, and in all things strive to live in peace and unity in Christ?” (LBW Occasional Services) We will.
  41. 41. Brainstorm:Group 1: Ways to be visible in congregationGroup 2: Ways to create intergenerational contact pointsGroup 3: Ways to involve youth in worshipGroup 4: Ways to help congregation pray for youthGroup 5: Ways to inform congregation about the impact
  42. 42. Prayer

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