7 "The risks facing contemporary teenagers bear solemn testimony to the church's ineffectiveness at addressing adolescence. Youth look to the church to show them something -- someone -- capable of turning their lives inside out and the world upside down. Most of the time we have offered them...pizza.” Kenda Creasy DeanProfessor of Youth, Church and CulturePrinceton Theological Seminary
8 What do you want young people who “graduate” from your church to be able to do?to know?to be ?
10 Current thinking about Youth Ministry 1. Let’s not have ‘youth ministry’ at all!Perception that YM has ‘failed’So we should focus on Inter-generational activitiesAvoid youth groups becoming separated (or even ‘tumours’ on the Body).OT has no distinction between old and young, so why should we, etc.How does this sound?
11 Current thinking about #uthmin 2. Youth ministry continues to need a separate and intentional focus.Gospel is for everyone, including the young.We need to offer something better than the worldly message of materialism etc.The Church needs a future.The Church needs a present: youth can be assets, including as leaders.‘Youth congregations’ anecdotally lead to growthResponses?
12 Is there a middle road? PINS model: Participation: involved? Visible? Integration: intergenerational? Not always separate?Normative activities: is this Anglican? Is this Christian? Are youth learning what they need to learn? Range/balance/variety?Sensitivity: age-appropriate? Allowing space and time for youth to do their own thing?
13 Two major themes in YM:1. Evangelism: reaching out and attracting unchurched or lapsed members; making new Christians...2. Discipleship: training / educating / building up those who are already believers.
14 DiscipleshipFocus upon the young people you already have, not those you don’t have.Adopt a building block model, not a funnel.
15 Outcomes for today Starting from scratch The importance of vision The three circles (or levels) approachHow to set achievable goalsResources to make it all happen.
16 Ministry vision A vision is a picture of your ministry in the future. It answers the question, “Where do we want to go?”It should articulate your dreams and hopes for the ministry, and remind you what you are trying to build.“Be faithful, not flashy.”
17 ExamplesThat YCF Ministry will become a strategic priority in every Parish in every Region and at Diocesan level;That every Parish will have the knowledge, skills and resources it needs to shape the YCF Ministry it seeks, including Religious Education and Chaplaincy in local schools;That our YCF Ministry will lead to growth in the faith, service, generosity and number of Anglicans in Southern Queensland and beyond.Parish YG:“To see God transform our community by empowering youth to be active disciples in the body of Christ.”
18 Ministry vision What’s important? Simple language Concrete outcomes Room for creativityInspires involvement
19 Potential pitfalls1. Babysitting focus: ‘it doesn’t matter what we offer, as long as we’re ticking the YM box.’2. Program focus: ‘we need to be bigger and better than those Baptists’.3. Method focus: ‘this method worked for me, so it will work for youth today too.’
20 VisionSpend a few minutes thinking about what you want your youth ministry to look like in three years’ time.What will your leadership team be like?What influence do you want your ministry to have – on young people, on your Church, on your wider community?What will success look like?
32 Starting off... Listen to God Listen to your community (needs/wants of youth)Think about the Team needed.
33 Volunteers 1. Request from youth for help 2. Approach people one-on-one (open-ended but tangible and manageable)3. If interested, address the specifics (including Blue cards/SMCs etc)4. Invest time in them (socially / training etc)
34 Developing young leaders “Every young person has the potential to lead and should be given the opportunity to do so.”Create opportunities.Always aiming for the next level when they’re ready.
36 Level 1: ContactPurpose: to introduce new people to the youth group in a non-threatening environment. It’s an opportunity for non-Christians to discover that Christians have fun and care about other people.It’s not just about lots of people coming, but about making new friendships and consolidating old ones (i.e. Relationships).
37 Level 2: Evangelise Purpose: to share the Gospel Could be a fun program with a significant (say 15 min) evangelistic input included. This element is consistent with the theme of the event, not just tacked on.No pressure, just consistent Gospel presentation.Level 2 events are promoted to people who came to Level 1.
38 Level 3: TeachPurpose: to disciple young people through teaching, Bible study and prayer.This is the core group of our ministry.This is where we equip young people to minister to their peers and disciple them.Level 3 events are promoted to people who attended levels 1 and 2.
39 Example time Let’s compile activities you could offer for each Level. What specific resources could we draw upon?
40 Level 3 - the CoreThe success of the whole strategy depends on the quality of the core.The core needs to be a part of every circle.Remember: Building blocks, not funnels.Belong Behave Believe.
41 Reflect on your current offerings What Level are the events you facilitate?Is there a ‘safe’ path for new people to enter your ministry?Do you go ‘deep’ enough for the people who need that?Do we see: the Bible? Empowerment? Informal education (opportunities to learn and grow)? Equality of opportunity?What might a term program look like, using these three levels?Which level/s should we see most?
42 New models of YM Church-based youth group Open neighbourhood youth club (e.g. PCYC)Youth congregation (pros and cons)Uniformed group (e.g. GFS / Boys Brigade)Cell groupsSchool-basedDetached missions (‘Fresh expressions’)
43 Setting SMART Goals Specific – who, what, where? Measurable – can it be measured?Achievable – skills, abilities, $$Realistic – willing and able to achieve itTime specific – or there’s no sense of urgency!Don’t forget regular review and evaluation.
44 Let’s set some goals... Write down 1 SMART goal for two areas: Your youth ministry leadership teamA specific event
45 What if we’re working with a small youth group? Remember what you are there for:RelationshipsRelevanceReal lifeRenewing hope(Av. Church size in the US is now 78 people, with about 10% being youth...)
46 Focus on Building strong relationships (time: quality and quantity) The young people you have, not those you don’t.“Be Faithful, not Flashy.”
47 Program for: A small group (if that’s what you have). Depth over breadth. If fewer activities, make them impactful and memorable. Choose resources which will allow you to get to know each other really well.Starting social. Have a fun planning meeting to make the term engaging.
48 Typical YG program (Level 2) IntroIcebreaker gameWorship timeGame or activityTeaching inputSmall group Bible study / discussionPrayer / reflectionRecap
51 VenueDo you have a dedicated space?Does it do what you want it to?
52 Find: Opportunities to connect with larger events (Don’t be afraid of losing kids to ‘the opposition’.)
53 Engage in: Life-changing activities together. Be proud of who you are and what you do.Remember that you are not alone!
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55 Resources Money? GFS grants are available Program ideas? Recommended Resources(Don’t forget Diocesan policies etc – safety first.)Help and encouragement?
56 Our VisionThat YCF Ministry will become a strategic priority in every parish in every region and at Diocesan level;That every parish will have the knowledge, skills and resources it needs to shape the YCF Ministry it seeks, including RE and Chaplaincy in local schools.That our YCF Ministry will lead to growth in the faith, service, generosity and number of Anglicans in southern Queensland and beyond.
57 Our RoleWe aim to assist the parishes and agencies of the Church to evangelise and disciple people, from birth to young adulthood, in order to develop their maturity as Christians within the Anglican tradition.
65 Strategy: Camps Senior Ichthus 30 June – 6 July 28 campers / 15 leadersNear Peregian SpringsOverseen by “Ichthus Management Group” which meets monthly.
66 Strategy: Partnerships and Projects JK Committees:QCMN (ecumenical / SU)MC&F Reference groupConnect 2 ChurchE-Lent / Word Up projectVocations Task-groupALEC (ASC)JS Committees:RENEW (Chair)QCT RE&Chap CommissionASRED (ASC)REAC (Qld govt)We are working with or have worked with:AnglicareUCA / LYQ / RCASCABM et al...
67 PARTNERSHIPS: GFS GFS Grants: Up to $500 per parish per year for a group.Up to $2000 per parish per year for a special, one-off project.Forms are available on- line at aycf.org.auLeader needs to join GFS ($25/yr)
68 PARTNERSHIPS: GFSIn return, we support GFS Cathedral day (kids’ activities etc. on Thursday 3 October)AYCFAB supports GFS/Kidsplus+ groups as the preferred kids’ club model in parishes.Fiona and I presented at the GFS leaders weekend at Bribie on 25 May.We will also explore other forms of support.
69 PARTNERSHIPS: ANGLICARE Developing social service projects and options to suit a range of ages(See our website:Roma and Chinchilla trip (April 2013).
70 PARTNERSHIPS: ANGLIGREEN Parish / Community Garden projectsBushcare / bushwalking...Angligreen.org.au
71 PARTNERSHIPS: ABM 2014 Youth Pilgrimages (Vanuatu, PNG) Youth Ambassadors to Parishes2014 Schoolies Week optionsOther pilgrimage options for older youth.
72 Strategy: Communication New website:Events calendar (two-way communication)Downloadable resources for every kind of YCF groupYCF group directoryPicture GalleriesCamp rego formsBlogs and blog rollContact detailsAnd more...
73 Strategy: Communication Social Media:Facebook Page: c.247 Likes
74 Strategy: Communication FocusWednesday WeeklyRegular newsletters toParishes and contacts(providing links to ourWebsite).
75 Strategy: Training, Resourcing and Formation Visit parishes, schools and agencies for preaching / consulting / problem-solving...On topics including:Youth MinistryChildren’s Ministry(inc. Messy Church)Families MinistryEmploying YCF MinistersSocial media/networking(new Social Media Policy)
76 Strategy: Training, Resourcing & Formation Bring It! A regular bi-monthly meeting for youth ministers and leaders of youth groups in the Diocese, with guest speakers, free pizza, etc.
77 Strategy: Training, Resourcing and Formation We encourage parishes to employ a YCF minister (FT/PT) and we advise on all steps of the process, in liaison with Diocesan HR.JK currently working on new Parish Regulation for YCF Minister Appt Process.We are seeking to create new formal pathways for the Formation of YCF Ministers.
78 Summing up: MEC’s 2013 YCF Ministry EventsCamps / ConferencesPartner-shipsCommuni-cationResources, Training and FormationRISE dayPrimary IchthusGFS grantsAycf.org.au updatesParish workshopsBring it! meetingsJunior IchthusASC seminarsFacebook PageOn-call consultancy to allSaturation daySenior IchthusQCMNFocus contentGrad clergy trainingGFS kids’ eventsEmmausOther committeesWed Weekly updatesYCF Minister pastoral care and adviceMessy ChurchASSNYCF newslettersRegional visits
79 Growth Strategy: Events Youth form of ‘Bible 360’ (proposed)Encourage more parishes to try “Messy Church”“Reverb” project for Dec/Jan.
80 Growth Strategy: Training, Resourcing and Formation Within parishes, focus on Transition periods for young people:Primary School High schoolHigh school Uni/work“Apprentices Guild” for upper primary, to follow Sunday school and retain this age group (cf. QCMN “Here2Stay” project)
81 In the meantime... www.AYCF.org.au (+ blogs) Communication:Read Focus (new look, new role)Subscribe to Wednesday Weekly (Ensure we have at least one set of “YCF Contact” details from your parish.
82 “Off-line resources”Join the Roscoe Library here at St Francis’ College, MiltonFree membership for Brisbane AnglicansThousands of books, DVDs and materialsPicture books, Messy Church books, “young-people friendly” worship instruction books.NOOMA DVDs and study resourcesCatalogue is open on-line at
83 Use your Human Resources Invite us to come to you!(Preaching / speaking / training / consulting / problem-solving /...)Youth MinistryChildren’s MinistryFamilies MinistryEmploying YCF Ministers / workersSocial media/networking (new Social Media Policy)
84 Sticky Faith (Fuller Institute, US) Stickyfaith.org