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.
CYMT is excited about its newest endeavor, Theology Together. Theology Together educates both teenagers and youth workers as they engage in theological reflection, spiritual practice, vital service, and vocational discernment. The Theology Together process produces reflective action that is embedded in the fabric of youth ministry in all of its contexts. We believe strongly that youth are theologians and belong at the center of tough, life-changing dialogue around faith, relationships, and life. We place teenagers in the driver seat alongside their youth pastors and leaders, equipping each individual to think differently about youth ministry, to provoke a sense of awe and wonder: a WOW moment.
Youth theology is theology built upon the simple doctrinal principle of the priesthood of all believers, and takes that principle right down to its natural conclusion: that all believers, including youth, teens, adolescents, etc. are theologians. It is theology that values all youth as theologians. Here we will share with you how to engage with youth theology in your own ministry.
A few weeks ago, we shared the launch of Theology Together 2.0. Today, Dwight (the director of Theology Together) will be sharing with us one experience […]