If we believe that youth and parents will understand our discipline or conduct expectations simply because we are a Christian organization, we have not spent much time with Christians.
A discipline covenant for your youth ministry will set the boundaries and expectations for behavior with parents and youth. Developing a Code of Conduct or Discipline Covenant is important to navigating disciplinary issues on trips and at youth group.
You can develop a thoughtful covenant with the help of your youth ministry team or other leaders. Here are areas you may want to address as you develop your covenant:
You do not have to start from scratch. Begin by finding a sample covenant that you like and adjust it for your ministry. Here is a good example:
Your covenant should clearly explain the consequences to breaking the covenant. You want to clearly create the boundaries and expectations you have for the students and adults participating in your ministry. Both parents and students should sign the covenant acknowledging they understand the expectations.
Your covenant should be adopted by the appropriate bodies of your congregation and your pastor should be aware of the agreed upon expectations.
Discipline issues will arise and having a discipline covenant will help you navigate them because the covenant will make it clear when a teen has crossed the line.
We are hearing from numerous youth ministers that during this season their plate is just too full. Caring for others is a ministry staple, but often it comes at the expense of caring for oneself. Self care for the Youth MInister is so important. If you don’t take time for yourself and your own relationship with God, not only will you suffer, but eventually your students will too.
We’ve created a Pandemic Youth Week curriculum bundle that combines elements of both a summer camp and a youth week. Many youth are missing out on both of these due to cancelled camps and trips among other cancelled important events your youth would usually attend. We’ve written this curriculum such that it can be used in person while socially distancing, online, or some combination of both.
Despite all the challenges the pandemic has presented to youth ministries, it has also created an opportunity to allow youth more involvement in worship. Although youth sunday will look very different this year, it is a great opportunity to empower our youth to be leaders. Youth’s comfort and familiarity with technology make them a great resource for churches who are seeking to move their worship services online for the first time.