Kickoff to the year is close. As we get ready for another year of ministry at Church of the Nativity I can’t help but wonder, “Are we really ready?”
It’s a hard question to answer and you won’t really know the answer until you’ve started. But, in the meantime it takes more than just planning curriculum. To get the year started right you need to make sure you are:
The Matter 15 Conference is only a few months away. I’m excited because it’s a time where I can connect with people who serve and love the church. I’m also excited because each year I get to do a BIG GIVEAWAY!
Why do a giveaway? Because one thing we love doing at Church of the Nativity is loving people who serve and work in parish ministry. This is one of the ways we want to invest in you so that you can invest in disciples of Jesus Christ. This giveaway is different than past years because the lucky winner will receive:
Life change happens in small groups. But, small groups only work if you can find the right people. People who will commit for the long haul. It can almost feel impossible.
Youth ministers want to know the trick to finding committed small group leaders. The reality is that there is no trick. It’s really just a few practical steps. To find the right leaders you need to take initiative by:
An area of youth ministry that I struggle with is forming student leaders. The reason is because every attempt I had I found myself forming an exclusive clique inside an inclusive ministry.
The problem I did not know how to identify a student leader. More times not we look for the popular, high energy and friendly teen. While those are positive qualities what you really want is a student who:
Today we are at the Student Leadership Conference with Doug Fields. It’s something we’ve done with our students a few times and it’s a great way of growing disciples and leaders in the local church.
As a youth minister you need to not only pour into teens but equip them for the long term. That means investing in them through a variety of resources and opportunities. It’s also helping them understand: