Practice Discipleship Spring 2012 Training
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Practice Discipleship Spring 2012 Training
Youth Ministry Events as Faith Formation Part ThreeProcessing Events and Connecting to Daily LifePractice DiscipleshipSpring 2012 TrainingYouth believe in God! Yay! Sonow what?Lets deconstruct MTD in the lives of youth and challenge youth to experience Jesus Christ through authentic relationships and experiences that are rooted in sound theology and practices.In Session One, we talked about the:Purpose of EventsIn Session Two, we talked about how you:Prepare your Group for an eventDid you miss a trainings? Watch past sessions online at www.elcaymnet.org/ELCATrainingOverviewA Quick ReviewSession Three(What you are hearing today!)
We will talk about how we help groups experience the work of the Holy Spirit in the midst of an event, and how to connect that event to their daily livesand maybe even share it with others!
Events are opportunities for young people to disengage from the world around them so they can fix their eyes on Jesus Christ. Out of our comfort zone, we can see the world and ourselves from Christs point of view rather than our own.Hand-HoldingandFinger-Pointing
Spiritual direction often is considered one of the practices of communion, since the ultimate objective is not to offer moral instruction or pastoral care. The goal of spiritual direction is reaching toward oneness with God by discerning Gods direction for our daily lives.-Godbearing Life, pp. 139-140Hand-holding is ministry of presenceFinger-pointing is ministry of direction.Photo by Sam Mugraby, Photos8.org
Photo by Sam Mugraby, Photos8.orgParticipation is ACTIVE
Experience the event fully
Observe whats going on with the youth
Translate your experience into a story to shareHand-Holding(Participation and Listening)Participation is GENUINE
Expect to be transformed yourself
Be who you areHand-Holding(Participation and Listening)Participation is COMPLICATED
This isnt just a vacation, you know!
Full participation is hard work!
Hand-Holding(Participation and Listening)Listening is ACTIVE
Listen with your ears
Listen with your eyes
Listen with your body
Respond with clarifying questions
Hand-Holding(Participation and Listening)Listening is GENUINE
Listen because you care
Be open to the questions youth askHand-Holding(Participation and Listening)Listening is a DISCIPLINE
Part of listening well is hearing what is said
Part of listening well is hearing what is NOT said!
Listening is focusing on the speaker
Listening is hard work!Hand-Holding(Participation and Listening)Ask good questions
Point to JesusFinger-Pointing(Giving Direction)
Photo by Sam Mugraby, Photos8.orgW = WhereH = HobbiesE = EventA = AcquaintancesT = TravelWHEAT It!
The first person ASKS questions and LISTENSThe second person RESPONDSThe third person OBSERVES
Allow each person to rotate through the various roles.Give the group members 5 minutes for each role.Listening and Questioning PracticeConnecting Events and Experiences to Daily Life
The entire congregation makes a difference in youth ministry. (p. 83, EYM)Of parents who report that their faith is extremely important in their daily lives; only 8% of those parents teens report that faith is not very or not important in their lives. (p. 171, EYM)Set goals for how your events can be transforming.
What kind of goals would you have for a weekly Bible study?
What kind of goals would you have for a summer trip?
Connecting Events to Daily LifeHow will you communicate with parents about what was experienced?
You can never communicate in enough ways!
Involve the parents in your event somehow
Create activities for families to do together that support or extend the goal of your event
Connecting Events to Daily LifeHow will you share your events with the congregation?
WorshipWritten communicationVisual images around the churchInvolve congregational members in eventsCongregational mentors/prayer partners
Connecting Events to Daily LifeHow will you intentionally share your event experiences with youth who could not attend?
Storytelling with purposeGroup buildingCommunicate while goneInvolve other youth, parents and congregation in planning
Connecting Events to Daily LifeManaging Your Group During Events
Some of these tips will apply to trips only, some will apply to local events as well.When did we ever get the crazy idea that to make children do better , first you have to make them feel worse? -Jane Nelsen20Cell Phones
Will you allow them?
How will you monitor their use?
What is the churchs liability?Managing Your GroupTransportation
How big is the group and how will this affect the type of transportation you choose?How will you separate groups into vehicles?Will you/can you use transportation time as group building time?How will you get back to vehicles?Who will drive?What are your safety concerns?How much baggage can youth bring?Managing Your GroupLodging
Where will you (and other adults) sleep?
What are the overall sleeping arrangements?
Safe haven/risk management policiesManaging Your GroupFood
How many meals?
Where do you plan to eat?
Will you give food money allowances or pay as a group?Managing Your GroupGroup Management
Small Groups with designated leadersCovenant issuesHow many sponsors do you take?Come prepared with back-upMake a ministry opportunityKeeping track of your groupManaging Your GroupWow!!! Now youre ready to go!!!