There They Are–Identifying Your EYM Advocates….………Tim Coltvet

Here is another youth ministry reality.  The decades-plus ministers among us have a tendency to be harsh critics of our immediate surroundings and, in effect, overlook the amazing people, resources, and work of the Spirit moving in our communities and lives on a regular basis.

Beyond the actual study results themselves, there is this terrific Asset assessment tool available on the EYM web site, It is a truly positive way of looking at your current community and discovering once again (or maybe for the first time) all of the things that are going right!

And there, buried in the focus on and computing of assets are often hidden narratives that tell the story of faces and relationships that are adding up to make a difference in the faith formation in the lives of the young people of your church.  I challenge you to think of and begin to do the important work of identifying faces from your congregation who aptly represent these significant assets.  As you do, you will begin to discover who your greatest EYM advocates are. They may or may not be currently volunteering in your ministry.  But invite them into this conversation, knowing that they will be greatly affirmed, will likely encourage others, and will help you advance the work of creating, as the study says, a “culture of the Spirit.”

Rev. Tim Coltvet starting cutting his teeth in youth ministry about fifteen years ago.  He currently coordinates contextual learning and coaching at Luther Seminary’s Center for Children Youth, and Family Ministry.

    • Steve Schaper
    • February 15th, 2010

    Is not our chief ‘asset’ God? Are we forgetting Him? Are we getting in His way with our plans, programs and ambitions? Ought we not stop to reflect, frequently, on whether that natural creeping tendency is under way? Consider what God can do with just a mere stick; turn the Nile to blood, bring forth a river from a rock, part the Sea of Reeds and the Jordan. Eat the staves of the Egyptian magicians. Just a piece of wood – until it was in God’s hands.

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