Making change in youth ministry is easy, but making effective change that’s theologically grounded and practically effective is difficult. In the course Advanced Studies in Youth, Church and Culture, the Center for Youth Ministry Training’s (CYMT) graduate residents use cultural analysis and theological reflection to imagine revisions and changes to their youth ministries. As they follow a practical theological process students move from describing what is, to envisioning what should be. The final result is a practical “blueprint” that prescribes specific theologically guided changes while also taking account of the practical realities they’ll need to overcome to implement change. Each blueprint is crafted for a specific situation and context, but we hope your theological and pastoral imagination will be stimulated as you read these solutions written by other youth ministers.
Blueprint_PTM — urban ministry (remodeling mentoring program)
Blueprint_MM UMC — suburban church (remodeling Confirmation process)
Blueprint_CPC — rural church (remodeling mentoring program)
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.