My wife, Meredith, and I welcomed our son into the world last January. Like most parents, we have a lot of hopes for him. We hope he’ll be happy and healthy. We hope he’ll be compassionate and independent. We hope he won’t grow up to be a Yankees fan. The status of the next generation of Christians has been the cause of much hand-wringing, guess-making, and anecdote-peddling for about as long as there has been a next generation to worry about, but only recently has there been much reliable data from which parents and youth workers can learn.
This excerpt from Chapter 3 of April Diaz’ Redefining the Role of the Youth Worker: A Manifesto of Integration highlights the process April’s church went through to describe what they were looking for in a youth ministry leader. Inspired by their participation in our 2010 Sticky Faith Cohort, April’s church took a risk to reshape what it means to embrace teenagers in the life of the congregation. This excerpt is reprinted with permission from the Youth Cartel.
“All great ideas degenerate into work for someone." These words from Peter Drucker, the “father of modern day management,” can become the stumbling block for many ministry leaders like you and me. Once we cast our vision and put well-formed plans in place, there is no other option than to roll up our sleeves and get to the work.
This free sample from our all-new Sticky Faith Launch Kit was adapted from Module 1 Part 6, which also includes three accompanying videos (with Launch Kit purchase) and the downloadable handout included at the end of this sample.
We're here to help. Not only did we write a module to help you engage parents through leading a Sticky Faith seminar, setting up parent conferences, and creating faith milestones, but we also set you up with thirteen downloadable ready-to-use email templates to help you share Sticky Faith philosophy and practical ideas for the next six to twelve months! Here's a free sample of an email template you're welcome to adapt for use in your ministry.
Have you ever faced a season in ministry when you just felt stuck? It’s been said that when we come up with the right questions, we’re halfway to the right answers. All healthy organizations (including churches and student ministries) that are able to move forward seem to effectively ask and answer three important questions: Who are we? Where are we going? How are we going to get there?
“I know I don’t know what to do, but I also know I don’t want to ask for help.” As soon as one of our volunteer leaders made this confession to me, I knew I had two issues to deal with.