mission: hope. Building capacity for awesome, healthy, & intentional 21 st century Unitarian Universalist youth ministry in New England. Youth Ministry Reflection Questions. Does your congregation have a youth group?
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mission: hope Building capacity for awesome, healthy, & intentional 21st century Unitarian Universalist youth ministry in New England
Youth Ministry Reflection Questions Does your congregation have a youth group? If so, what are the types of activities that the youth group engages in? In what ways are youth active in the larger congregation? In what ways are youth active in the wider Unitarian Universalist community? How are youth connected with people of different ages in the congregation?
elements of balanced youth programming Leadership Community Building Worship Youth / Adult Relations Learning Social Justice
think about it…… Prepare a specific list of activities and actions that fit within your Web of Youth Ministry component
What components of the Web of Youth Ministry are well-represented in your congregation’s youth ministry? • What assets are youth in your congregation gaining through current activities and actions? • What components of the Web of Youth Ministry are missing from your congregation’s youth ministry? • What assets should your congregation place greater emphasis on developing in your youth?
Building Capacity Will Desire Support Volunteers Resources Time Experience ---------- What’s the missing piece in the puzzle?
introducing…. Youth Ministry Facilitators
who they will be • Identified leaders experienced in healthy and faith-full youth ministry • Trained by district and national staff • Trained in revised Ministry with Youth Renaissance Module • Trained in pastoral care with youth • Receive additional training from Kim and Karen including systems thinking, spiritual leadership & healthy congregations • Belong to a learning community studying best practices and the future of youth ministry
what they will do • Work with congregational sponsor of Youth Ministry (YM) Event • Deliver resources from the district to support YM Event planning (fliers, mailing lists, timeline, etc.) • Review YM Event planning with sponsor to ensure it conforms to best practices • Look for places to build sustainable YM in the congregation beyond the YM Event • Ensure that adult participants are screened & given basic training • Evaluate YM program to share what worked well with sponsoring congregation and District
how it will work • Congregational sponsor of YM Event will contact their District Office, & a Youth Ministry Facilitator (YMF) will be assigned • Congregation can publicize YM Event through District websites and newsletters – parents & DRE’s will know these events will be spirit-centered, grounded in our faith, & conforming to best health and safety standards • YMF will attend the YM event to ensure best practices are followed, coach the event sponsor as needed, and to provide assistance in case of pastoral emergencies • YMF will submit an evaluation to the District so we can share successes and recommendations with congregations & religious professionals
why this and why now • Youth Ministry is underserved, & many of our congregations are understaffed, the result being that sometimes YM occurs at the margins of congregational life, when it happens at all • Districts are in a unique position to provide support for inter-congregational Youth Ministry events • Sustainable Youth Ministry will grow when we share and build capacity, as opposed to simply providing occasional youth programming organized by district staff • We can capitalize on a blessing of geography in New England • We believe a new era of Unitarian Universalist youth ministry is emerging, & we want to build capacity to receive and shape it
the future of youth ministry 21st century youth ministry is… what will that look like? • Deeply relational • Congregationally based • Rooted in our Faith
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