How To Start a Youth Ministry

In these modern times, the youth can be very biblically uneducated. Changing this should be your aim when you take on the job of starting a youth ministry.

Planning phase - Seek God's guidance on the whole process and ask Him to provide you the necessary ideas and thoughts to make all of your plans a reality for His glory.

Know the primary vision and mission of your Youth Ministry. Ask yourself some of these questions: Why am I starting this group? Who specifically do I want to reach? Where do I intend to be this time next year? In three years? What kind of environment do I plan to create for the youths emotionally and spiritually?

Then formulate a strategy to attain these goals.

Speak to your local church leaders and the pastor; tell them your proposal. Bring your notes while talking to them in order to clarify your objectives with them and to sharpen the focus of the whole process. Address every question and concerns that are bothering them for them to be completely supportive of your plans.

Take Action - Assemble a small team of students, parents and volunteers who believe in youth and have heart for bringing them closer to God. Gather together and ask God for his wisdom, guidance and protection.

You should also recruit some adults to help you out. Adults will serve as all around help, chaperoning where needed, taking them from one point to another. You begin with the ones that are already part of your ministry.

Figure out what things they'll enjoy having in a youth program. Engage the parents and ask the m if they can give you ideas on the time of the meetings, whether or not there should be a curfew, and making schedules for regular gatherings. The parents are needed to be included and they should have significant roles to play in the activities. 

Make the youth feel that they own their ministry. Get their feedback on what values they want to accomplish, how they want to schedule their get-togethers, and get their feedback on events that they want to see taking place. Make each of your members get the impression that they really are an important part of a meaningful cause.

Elect your officers - Having these responsibilities prepares them for the day when they're acting as adults with no one to look after them. It also gets them in the right frame of mind for their duties in the future.

Make your officers know, in no uncertain terms, that they are accountable for the proper facilitation and results gleaned from the gatherings. This may be a little risky for you. Encourage them to take their responsibility seriously. You can help them achieve their goals by constantly reinforcing their small victories and giving them a hand while doing the tasks. 

Don't forget the paperwork - Be sure that all of your group members accomplish the forms with all the necessary thoroughness.

Treat every member impartially. You may begin in something that attracts a large crowd, or you may have a handful of youth to start. Instead of giving much attention to the numbers, make each of your member feel that they are of the same importance.


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