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Reclaiming Youth Ministry #

Reclaiming Youth Ministry #

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Published by Allen Simons
Some things to consider when setting out to rebuild your youth ministry.
Some things to consider when setting out to rebuild your youth ministry.

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Published by: Allen Simons on Dec 09, 2010
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Reclaiming Youth Ministry
Many churches experience the ebb and flow of available youth for their program.Some years it seems that you have a great bunch of leaders and they stay forseveral years and then graduate. Then for awhile it seems that you have very fewif any to draw on, and the ones you have only come sporadically.This is common especially in small churches and should not be discouraging foryouth leaders. But, there are some things that you can do to encourage the flowof youth into your group and the attendance of youth who come.
PERSONAL COMMITMENT
Youth ministry cannot thrive on marginal commitment. It demands a majorcommitment of time and maturity to birth and sustain. The following areimportant levels of commitment for a successful youth leaders.
PRESENCE
: It may seem obvious, but it needs to be said that you have to
be
 present to
encourage
presence. Be present before ANY
youth arrives. You can’t
show up late and expect others to be on time. Youth who arrive to an emptyroom or confused leaders automatically experience uncertainty. If you are notthere for them, how do they know that you
will be there for them
or desire arelationship with them? Youth ministry is a RELATIONAL MINISTRY and everythingworthwhile is translated through the relationship you initiate
and sustain
. It issustaining what you initiate that is the most demanding part. Yes, I know, this is aSERIOUS COMMITMENT.
FOCUS:
 
It’s about them, not you! 
Remember, you are attempting toencourage a relationship that will grow stronger as the years go on. Remember, invery important ways, the relationship you develop with your youth will translateto them a trustable relationship with their God. When they fail or fail to follow-thru
, don’t take it personally. It is not about you. It is about growing and learning
how to complete tasks and assume commitments, a learning that will have
 
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lifelong ramifications. A leader must regularly remember:
IT’S ABOUT THEM AND
THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD AND OTHERS
.
DEPTH:
You are the depth of their ocean.
You can not experience thedepth of spiritual commitment in your youth if you are not also deeply spirituallycommitted. Youth ministry requires personal introspection and emotionalhonesty from leaders. Groups will tend to reflect the character of their leaders. If you tend assume that others must do it for you, then, your group will do thesame. If you blame others for difficulties that arise (parents, or congregation orcommunity or schools) you are subtly demonstrating your belief that othersshould provide a perfect environment for a successful group.
There is no suchenvironment 
. You are the environment. Personal Spiritual Formation, prayer,meditation, mentorship with a respected friend, good physical and emotionalcare are all essential if you are to invite others to share your faith and life inChrist.
YOU ARE THE DEPTH OF THEIR OCEAN 
.
PERSONAL PRESENCE
 THE OMNIPRESENT LEADER
Youth Ministry requires YOUR PRESENCE anywhere and everywhere youthcongregate. Youth leaders who show up for school events, community events,
and special events that involve youth are exhibiting interest in what interest’s
youth.Youth leaders who
work the feeder systems
for their youth group encourage theflow of attendance into their youth group. Help with Vacation Bible School. Helpwith Sunday school (If you play the guitar, lead songs for my Sunday schoolopening each Sunday morning). Help with Summer Camp. Help with musicgroups. Help with Family Life events sponsored by your church. It is not so much
what 
you do as it is
that 
you are present, and enjoying a relationship with kids.
 
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WHO’S ON FIRST
 
The
most critical ten minutes
in the life of a youth group are the
 first five
and the
last five
. How youth experience leaders when they arrive and what they arereminded about before they leave are critical to the formation of relationship andcommunity.One of the funniest routines in the history of comedy is
Who’s On First 
by BudAbbott and Lou Costello http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtQZZdJzJ5Y.The sketch reminds us of how confusing things can get at times. Leaders who areready, present and focused for the arrival of their youth reduce confusion anddemonstrate focus regarding the purpose and importance of the group and itsministry. Leaders, who are late, or tinkering with machines, or lost in the kitchenor struggling between themselves, when youth arrive, create an atmosphere of confusion and take important focus off those arriving. Youth come to be in a safe,
fun place with others who care about them. That’s what successful leaders want
first arrivers to experience
EVERY TIME THEY COME 
.
PATIENT ENDURANCE
Remember youth are just learning about life and relationships. They maysometimes appear to know more and have experienced more than they have.Leaders need to remember the phrase:
Be Patient, God Has Not Finished WithMe Yet.
” 
as a mantra for patience when responsibilities fall through, orattendance is sporadic, or they have had to remind the same youth 100 times.Reversing socially reinforced behavior such as over-involvement and over-commitment is not easy. These are characteristics of the culture in which we alllive. Aiding youth in thinking through the components of taking on a commitment,or priorities in their own personal schedule is a good way to encourage growth aspersonal planners and helps in developing stronger commitments in your group.A good strategy is to refer to what is
URGENT 
and what is
IMPORTANT 
andplanning to increase the things that are important in our choices.

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