Sponsored by the MidAmerica Region:<br />Prairie Star, Central Midwest & Heartland Districts<br />Nancy Combs-Morgan & Dori Thexton<br />Sustainable Youth Ministry<br />
What would an enduring Youth Ministry look like in a congregation?<br />
You know you’re “stuck” if you’re asking these questions.<br />Can you just give us some good ideas?<br />Can you keep our youth ministry from failing?<br />Do you understand how different we are?<br />Will you help my congregation understand it’s not just about the numbers?<br />Can you keep the politics away from youth ministry?<br />
There’s no easy button: the crisis of chronic underinvestment<br />Steeple chasing<br />Underinvestment<br />Mis-investment <br />Questions of capacity: <br /><ul><li>Budget $1,000 minimum per youth
One adult for every five youth</li></li></ul><li>Myths of Superstar Youth Directors<br />One youth staff can handle it.<br />Wallpaper vs. concrete<br />“We’ll never hire from within our church”<br />With a new youth director, our volunteers won’t have to work so hard.<br />
Structures of Sustainability<br />Control documents – annual events calendar, job descriptions, master recruiting list, curriculum template<br />Youth ministry mission/vision statement<br />3 year plan<br />Statement of values<br />
Healthy youth staff and longevity<br />Emotional health – appropriate boundaries, intentional spiritual practices, accountable relationships<br />Balcony time; three kinds of meetings; the value of “third pig” youth workers<br />
Whose job is it anyway?<br />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.<br />Kenda Creasy Dean <br />
I got involved in youth ministry because I don’t want to deal with congregational politics!<br />
Recruiting – a process that works!<br /><ul><li>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!</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Start early – at least 6 months before volunteer term begins
Identify your needs – RE teachers, advisors, event leaders/organizers, planning committee members, small group leaders
Be strategic in recruiting – don’t ask an “A” player to do a “C” level job