Sustainable youth ministrywebinar(2)


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Sustainable youth ministrywebinar(2)

  1. 1. Sponsored by the MidAmerica Region:<br />Prairie Star, Central Midwest & Heartland Districts<br />Nancy Combs-Morgan & Dori Thexton<br />Sustainable Youth Ministry<br />
  2. 2. What would an enduring Youth Ministry look like in a congregation?<br />
  3. 3. 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 />
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. One full-time staff for every 50 youth
  6. 6. 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 />
  7. 7. Content thinking vs. systems thinking<br />
  8. 8. 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 />
  9. 9. 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 />
  10. 10. 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 />
  11. 11. I got involved in youth ministry because I don’t want to deal with congregational politics!<br />
  12. 12. Recruiting – a process that works!<br /><ul><li>Teams are crucial to the long-term success of youth ministry.
  13. 13. The first step of calling volunteers is the hardest.
  14. 14. Blanket appeals and mass announcements don’t work!</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Start early – at least 6 months before volunteer term begins
  15. 15. Identify your needs – RE teachers, advisors, event leaders/organizers, planning committee members, small group leaders
  16. 16. Be strategic in recruiting – don’t ask an “A” player to do a “C” level job
  17. 17. Develop master recruiting list for future use
  18. 18. Start smiling and dialing!</li></ul>When you follow the steps, it works!<br />
  19. 19. Sustainable Approach <br /><ul><li>Long-term focus on single issue
  20. 20. Responsibility shared by a team
  21. 21. Regular meetings – 3 kinds of meetings
  22. 22. Working a plan
  23. 23. Episodic focus, disconnected meetings
  24. 24. Responsibility carried by the youth staffperson
  25. 25. Concerns raised randomly and reactively
  26. 26. Expectation of quick fix; reacting to anxiousness</li></ul>When all the brilliant plans don’t work<br />Traditional Approach<br />
  27. 27. Sustainable Youth Ministry Builder’s List<br />Stage 1: Creating blueprint & preparing for the process<br />Stage 2: Laying the foundation<br />Stage 3: Beginning to build<br />Stage 4: Framing the second floor<br />
  28. 28. The bolder our plans, the more competent people we attract. Mike Woodruff<br />