Here's a quick overview of my day and some info gleaned from the seminars/meetings
Saturday Morning 9am, Rick Lawrence
- Jesus delights in our faith...He delights in us!
- Faith is the substance of play
- When youth ministry centers on one person, it gets stuck
- stupid ideas with enthusiasm work pretty well
- most churches are foiled by their successes...not failure
- $1,000 a kid - salary, budgets... invest for growth (how many students you want to have). My church does this very well for our size.
- 1 to 50 ratio - Paid staff to students - so far, so good
- The 10% Rule - Average student ministry should be around 10% of the total church congregation. We have at 21% ratio at Brewster Road.
- You can increase average percentage from 10%-20% by increasing investment and staff. Our seminar leader, Mark said that percentages above 20% are not sustainable on average...hmmm....
- The 1 to 5 Ratio - One leader for 5 students should be the norm. We need 3 additional volunteers to make this ratio in our student ministry.
- To sustain a student ministry we need architecture (structure) and alchemy (climate, culture)
- It is more effective to focus on the climate (alchemy) first before building structure (architecture).
- Trust the process... takes time to create a healthy climate
- Embrace positive stories and metaphors
- Deliver results
- Develop meaningful rituals and traditions
- Faith Blockers - Things that keep us from ministering with full effectiveness: Fear, being too occupied, being uncomfortable. I tend to struggle with being uncomfortable for some reason. For all the extroverted things I do, I'm still an introvert at heart. It's a constant challenge for me to push beyond my comfort zone.