This newsletter includes a reflection on the local church, contact info for local Youth Ministry Champions, information on Inspire 2019, practical resources, and more.
According to research from Fuller Youth Institute, American churches may lose 33,000,000 emerging adults by 2050. I'm convinced that we cannot look at the “numbers" and be satisfied until we get to know the “names.”
In this video, Syd Hielema and Ron deVries of Faith Formation Ministries spend some time looking at the why’s and how’s of experiencing true 'soul care' in our lives.
No matter when you begin your ministry season, it is always most excellent to use a few tried and true methods to help your church start off on the start note. What have you found vital to kicking off your season, whether in September or October?
Please feel free to use this sample Youth Director Installation Liturgy in your church!
Is there a disparity in what we pay those who serve in youth ministry?
Shortly after our grandchild was born, I began to build her a crib. It was a process. And even though the plans were in place, we had to make adjustments. I wonder if ministry in our churches might be like this?
A few years ago, Syd Hielema and I had an idea that each classis would have a least one Youth Ministry Champion. This podcast looks at the many places of engagement churches, classis, and youth ministry leaders can have with these Champions.
A big part of a healthy youth ministry takes place within intergenerational moments. Within this month's newsletter, you will find a story and resources to help us see those moments come alive.
Thanks for those three steps Karen. I pray churches can use them every Sunday.posted on: 1,000,000 or a Name
Thanks for your comments Kristen. I too wonder what life would look like if we modeled these practices and invited others to join us.posted on: Ron and Syd Talk About Soul Care
This is a wonderful opportunity for students pondering next steps in life and faith.
Thank you Eric for these helpful suggestions.
Thanks for the great question Angela. Many congregations are asking the same one.
Thanks for sharing this Keith
Thanks for sharing Aviva. Communication is vital and tricky.
Hi Anna. That picture of invitation is a lovely way to wrap up the very special moment. Thanks for sharing your experience Anna.posted on: Youth Director Installation Liturgy
Thanks for sharing Todd. Your experiences are noted. We will see where the conversation goes.
Great observations Mel. Thanks for being willing to share them