Having a youth ministry in the parish requires some degree of management skill to maintain. Below are some areas of consideration for managing a comprehensive youth ministry strategy in your parish.
Having a clear vision for what you want to accomplish is key for an effective youth ministry in your parish. Once a clear vision is identified, you can build support for the idea with the pastor and key leaders in the parish. Young people and their families should be included in how you create and share your vision as well.
Another aspect of managing youth ministry is to know what your resources are. Having a comprehensive list of tools that are available and how to utilize them will be helpful. Resources can include anything from facilities that are available for use to sponsors who are willing to contribute program supplies for activities.
A key resource is the people that can help make a youth ministry strategy successful. Identifying partners in your ministry who can help with direct and indirect support for programs helps share the load. Many people are willing to help, all we need to do is ask!
Paperwork is not everyone’s favorite topic. And sometimes this area of management, especially when everyone is volunteer, gets neglected. The Youth Ministry Handbook helps make this area a little easier by listing all the policies and procedures that are necessary for managing a youth ministry activity in one resource. This handbook includes sample permission slips, liability information and many more important topics that relate to what you need to do to properly administer parish activities with youth.
Evaluating your Program Mix
A key part of management is stepping back from time to time and looking at the big picture. As ministry with youth grows you will quickly discover that teens will have more needs than any one program or activity can meet. If you are only offering one program as your ministry response for youth, you should quickly realize that this singular approach fall short of achieving a comprehensive youth ministry in your parish.
During your program development process, take some time to look at the bigger picture and see what new opportunities you might identify. Are there resources and leadership to help fill these needs? What steps can you take to grow your ministry by diversifying the program mix that is available? Below are some suggestions to help you brainstorm.