Key Issues in Youth Ministry: Communication & Logistics
Communication with Pastor & Staff
*Discuss with the Senior Pastor how the mission and the vision statement of the church relate to the purpose of the Student Ministry.
*Meet regularly with the Pastor/Staff to communicate the status of ongoing ministries, upcoming events, needs, victories, and prayer requests.
*Identify practical ways to encourage and support the Senior Pastor and Staff.
Communication with Parents
*Identify avenues by which you can build relationships with the parents of your students both inside and outside the walls of the church.
*Use e-mail, social media, and print materials to communicate information about ongoing ministries and events.
*Make yourself available to meet and counsel with parents of students.
*Host at least 2 parent meetings throughout the year to communicate information concerning ministries, events, and issues.
Communication with Students
*Pursue opportunities to connect and build relationships with students both inside and outside the walls of the church.
*Maximize social media outlets to communicate and promote ongoing ministries and events in your ministry.
*Make yourself available to meet and counsel with students.
Coordinating a Ministry Calendar
*Contact the local school district(s) in the area that you serve and secure a school calendar. This calendar is normally voted on and available in the Spring semester preceding the Fall semester.
*Contact coaches of athletic teams and secure a game schedule for various sports that you may have students participating in.
*Coordinate calendars with the Senior Pastor, other staff and ministry leaders to avoid any calendar conflicts with other ministries within the church.
*Schedule events strategically to build momentum and connect students with ongoing ministries and the vision of the church. Calendaring the right event at the right time in the semester can boost momentum in the student ministry.
Your First Two Years in Youth Ministry. Doug Fields. Zondervan; 2002.
Purpose Driven Youth Ministry. Doug Fields. Zondervan; 1998.