Youth Ministry Events as Faith Formation – Part Three Processing Events and Connecting to Daily Life
Youth believe in God! Yay! So…now what? Let’s deconstruct MTD in the lives of youth and challenge youth to experience Jesus Christ through authentic relationships and experiences that are rooted in sound theology and practices. In Session One, we talked about the: Purpose of Events In Session Two, we talked about how you: Prepare your Group for an event Did you miss a trainings? Watch past sessions online at www.practicediscipleship.org
SessionThree(What you arehearing today!)We will talk abouthow we help groupsexperience the workof the Holy Spirit inthe midst of anevent, and how toconnect that event totheir daily lives…andmaybe even share itwith others!
Events areopportunities foryoung people todisengage fromthe world aroundthem so they canfix their eyes onJesus Christ.Out of ourcomfort zone, wecan see the worldand ourselvesfrom Christ’s pointof view ratherthan our own.
Hand-Holding and Finger-Pointing Spiritual direction often is considered one of the practices of communion, since the ultimate objective is not to offer moral instruction or pastoralPhoto by Sam Mugraby, Photos8.org care. The goal of spiritual direction is reaching toward oneness with God by discerning God’s direction for our daily lives.” -Godbearing Life, pp. 139-140 Hand-holding is ministry of presence… Finger-pointing is ministry of direction.Photo by Sam Mugraby, Photos8.org
Participation is ACTIVE Experience the event fully Observe what’s going on with the youth Translate your experience into a story to share
Participation is GENUINE Expect to be transformed yourself Be who you are
Participation is COMPLICATED This isn’t just a vacation, you know! Full participation is hard work!
Listening is ACTIVE Listen with your ears Listen with your eyes Listen with your body Respond with clarifying questions
Listening is GENUINE Listen because you care Be open to the questions youth ask
Listening is a DISCIPLINE Part of listening well is hearing what is said Part of listening well is “hearing” what is NOT said! Listening is focusing on the speaker Listening is hard work!
Ask good questionsMake observations Photo by Sam Mugraby, Photos8.orgPoint to Jesus
The first person ASKS questions and LISTENSThe second person RESPONDSThe third person OBSERVES Allow each person to rotate through the various roles. Give the group members 5 minutes for each role.
Connecting Events andExperiences to Daily Life “The entire congregation makes a difference in youth ministry.” (p. 83, EYM) “Of parents who report that their faith is extremely important in their daily lives; only 8% of those parents’ teens report that faith is not very or not important in their lives.” (p. 171, EYM)
Set goals for how your events can be transforming. What kind of goals would you have for a weekly Bible study? What kind of goals would you have for a summer trip?
How will you communicate with parents about what was experienced? You can never communicate in enough ways! Involve the parents in your event somehow Create activities for families to do together that support or extend the goal of your event
How will you share your events with the congregation? Worship Written communication Visual images around the church Involve congregational members in events Congregational mentors/prayer partners
How will you intentionally share your event experiences with youth who could not attend? Storytelling with purpose Group building Communicate while gone Involve other youth, parents and congregation in planning
Managing Your Group During Events Some of these tips will apply to trips only, some will apply to local events as well. “When did we ever get the crazy idea that to make children do better , first you have to make them feel worse?” -Jane Nelsen
Cell Phones Will you allow them? How will you monitor their use? What is the church’s liability?
Transportation How big is the group and how will this affect the type of transportation you choose? How will you separate groups into vehicles? Will you/can you use transportation time as group building time? How will you get back to vehicles? Who will drive? What are your safety concerns? How much baggage can youth bring?
Lodging Where will you (and other adults) sleep? What are the overall sleeping arrangements? Safe haven/risk management policies
Food How many meals? Where do you plan to eat? Will you give food money allowances or pay as a group?
Group Management Small Groups with designated leaders Covenant issues How many sponsors do you take? Come prepared with “back-up” Make a ministry opportunity Keeping track of your group