Children and Youth Ministries Breakthrough Prayer Find ways among staff, leadership, and children’s volunteers, to regularly incorporate breakthrough prayer for our church’s children’s and youth ministries into the ministry routine. Improve Leadership in both ministry areas Hire Youth minister and Children’s minister Provide and obtain 100% of Safe Sanctuary training for staff, volunteers, and potentially ADS teachers Create a Youth Ministry Council and a Children’s Ministry Parent Council Create a Leadership Avenue for Youth Create a plan to increase parent and adult involvement
Children and Youth Ministries Improve Worship opportunities for Youth and Children Incorporate youth and children in worship services more Observe Scout Sunday, incorporate Day School into worship services more often, etc. Make WOW Worship more “worship oriented” instead of like a SS class Create a guideline for spiritual milestones for children and youth for the use of church leaders and teachers Ensure regular emphasis on stewardship for our children and youth
Children’s and Youth Ministries Encourage Discipleship among Children, Youth, and Parents Offer confirmation classes every 2 years or as needed Break apart JrHigh and SrHigh Sunday School classes Encourage milestones for parents and youth in the spiritual development/future of their children, and provide resources to help with faith formation Provide information in a timely manner to parents/youth about UMC camps etc. and encourage students to participate in these camps Schedule and offer “Connecting Events” to foster building of relationships among church members/families Create a Children’s and Youth’s bulletin board for posting pictures, announcements, etc. available for all congregation to view Scheduling/posting calendars and activities far enough in advance to notify busy families and recruit committed volunteers for upcoming events
Children and Youth Ministries Outreach Opportunities to Families in the Community Research possibility of starting an Upwards Sports program at Asbury year round Consider making a walking prayer track on property available to community Offer special programs and services that are family oriented to bring people in (i.e. Breakfast with Santa) Research possibility of offering/sponsoring parenting programs throughout the year at Asbury for congregational members, Day School and families in community Routinely ask Boy Scout, Cub Scout and Girl Scout troops to participate in activities with church to incorporate these youth.
Improve Small Groups Winter 2014- A meeting for current Home Group Leaders February/March 2015- Sunday School worship emphasis Spring 2015- Pastor begins small group for leadership team; in next 18 months, do something similar for potential church leaders Spring 2015- Conduct a refresher training for Prayer Partners April 2015- Ministry Moments for each Home Small Group July 2015- 4-6 weeks training for new home group leaders and Sunday School leaders September 2015- Kick Off new home groups and Sunday School classes Fall 2015- Introduce a bank of short-term small groups
Revamp Communications Communicating with Active Members Communicate weekly via bulletin, screen, and email/phone tree Circulate monthly via Circuit Rider or twice monthly via email. Also make available through mail or at welcome center Restart phone tree Mailouts as needed Determine active members’ preferred method of contact Have shepherds contact personally monthly, with quarterly fellowship events
Revamp Communications For Committees and Volunteers Transfer responsibility of contact to committee members to committee chairs, rather than office administrator Committee chairs will be asked to email pastor and office administrator first to schedule and prep meeting, and then copy them on their communications to their team General Communications Obtain, Train, and Implement new membership and attendance software Create a display board for the main hall with Sunday School information Update and man welcome center weekly
Revamp Communications Communicating with Sporadic Attendees Begin the Missing Member ministry under the Membership Care Ministry Send quarterly mailouts to let them know we’re thinking of them Communicating with Visitors Initial contact within 72 hours 2 weeks out, 4 weeks out A plan for when and how they should be encouraged to become a member