group magazine: November-December, 1996
From: GROUP Magazine's November/December 1996 issue
Keywords: Ask, Receive, Vision Statement
Ask & Receive
Jean Davis from Ruston, Louisiana, wants information about how to formulate a youth ministry mission or vision statement and examples. We published some responses in last month's issue, but we've been barraged with lots more. Here are a few additional suggestions.
Our purpose statement has four categories: outreach, evangelism, discipleship, and ministry. Our formal purpose statement: The youth ministry of ____________church exists to reach out to unbelieving students, challenge them to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, help Christian students learn how to walk daily with Jesus, and equip them to imitate Jesus by discovering and doing the ministry that God has called them to do.
We took the five elements of a balanced spiritual diet from Acts 2:41-47 (emphasis on the Word, fellowship, prayer, sharing, and worship) and formulated this simple statement: To love Jesus, to help others, and to help others love Jesus.
Chilliwack, British Columbia
Our youth ministry focuses around "knowing God and making him known." We have seven goals under this concept: increase Bible knowledge and understanding, develop new leaders, develop new teachers, increase spiritual and prayer life, encourage local outreach, improve communication, and increase involvement with others.
I'd encourage Jean to develop a council retreat (kids and adult leaders) to plan a vision statement. Our vision is to be a unified body that passionately pursues God through prayer, worship, and Bible study and that glorifies God by boldly sharing Christ, serving, and encouraging others.
Involve kids in the process. Brainstorm with them and question them about what they want to happen in the group. Then develop your statement. Know where you'd like to see kids in their senior year. Your youth vision statement should fall under and agree with your church mission statement. Everything you do in your ministry must fall under your statement. Most importantly, ask for the Lord's guidance and leadership.
Kansas City, Missouri
WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
I get angry and don't know what to say or how to act around "too cool" kids. How should I respond?
Charleston, South Carolina