Uses Many Approaches……………………….Nancy Going

What is unique about the life of people in the place where you live?  What are the distinctive ministry needs where church and youth and youth ministry can and should dig in?

That question grows out of one of the key learnings from the Exemplary Youth ministry study.   Asset  38:  “Uses Many Approaches: intentionally, creatively employs multiple activities appropriate to the ministry’s mission and context.”

This asset means that in a church in rural Nebraska, the high school students regularly put on the VBS for smaller children.  The reality is that if they had not organized and made it happen, their church would not have had a VBS.  The faith of those high school students grew measurably in the process.

In suburban Dallas, a youth ministry that engages parents in multiple significant ways, providing both parental support, and utilizing lots of  parental volunteers in the ministry helped both youth and parents connect to their faith and to the ministry of the larger church.

Instead of thinking that their program should look a certain way because of that program’s success at another church, these churches looked at and identified what the needs are in their church and community, and structured their ministry around those needs.

Gather some people who can help you see, if you need it.  Imagine where this asset could take you………

Dr. Nancy Going is a 20 some year veteran of congregational youth ministry.  She coordinates the Distributed (distance) youth ministry students at Luther Seminary.  She did her PhD research by interviewing adolescents from the Exemplar congregations.

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