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Why I’m bringing my team to the Multi-Site Youth Ministry Campference

As we’re gearing up for our 2nd Multi-Site Youth Ministry Campference coming in January 2020 we reached out to a few people and asked them why they are bringing their teams. Here’s what they had to say:

Multisite student ministry is such a different animal than other forms of student ministry and it’s really hard to find other people who get your world at other conferences. In addition, multisite churches are often on the frontier trying to figure out what this next generation of ministry looks like. Our team needs spaces to share ideas and problem solve with other churches who share our struggles. That’s why we’re bringing our whole team to the Multisite Youth Ministry Campference. There is nowhere else where we can get this kind of intentional collaborative learning.

Kevin Libick, Christ Chapel Bible Church, Fort Worth TX

I am bringing my team to the Multisite Youth Ministry Campference because we don’t need more playbooks and meetings. We need time away from the busyness of ministry to learn, process, share, laugh and to grow together as a team. This is the event we’ve been waiting for!
Gina Abbas, Student Ministry Team Leader, Harbor Churches, Grand Rapids MI 

It is the only training conference (with the fun of camp!) that gathers the best leaders of the multisite movement and provides space to dream together about the opportunities and unique challenges of student ministry in the multisite church context. This gathering directly shapes and informs how we are cultivating student ministry at all of our campuses.  

Joe Graham, Multi-Site Director, Harbor Churches, Grand Rapids MI

I’m one year into the multisite youth ministry world and yes, it’s more complex and exciting than I could have imagined.  I’m on a steep learning curve and want to keep growing!  The pace and pressure of serving pastors, students and leaders across campuses leaves very little time for our team to get outside of our church bubble.  Do we need more tips and tricks from “experts”?  Yes.  But even more, we need deep and meaningful conversations with others who are facing the unique challenges multisite student ministry.  The Multisite Youth Ministry Campference will bring the collaborative growing experience my team needs.
 
Oh, and also important – our team needs time to simply breath and have some fun.  There’s no doubt that will happen!  Can’t wait to see you there.

David Grant, 12Stone Church, Lawrenceville, GA

Work in a Multi-Site context? We hope to see you at the Campference this January! Learn more here.

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Take the Compensation Survey

Help us help you!

We are once again partnering with fellow youth worker Dan Navarra on his Youth Worker Compensation Survey.

Over the past three years this survey, and the reports that come out of it, have helped countless youth workers like yourself get compensated more fairly. Want to get a raise? You need data. Want to make sure you’re hired at the right rate of pay? You need data. 

That’s why we need you to participate! The more youth workers who take the survey the more accurate it’ll be. Help us advocate for you.

The survey takes a few minutes but is well worth it. We’ll even send you the completed report when it’s ready in December.

Who Should Take the Survey? 
If you are a part-time or full-time youth worker with youth ministry as part of your paid work duties. As much as we love interns and other support staff roles, this survey is for the paid youth worker. 

TAKE THE SURVEY

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Onramps – A cohort for youth workers in their first few years

We are currently wrapping up our second group of the Onramp Cohort of the Youth Ministry Coaching Program. It’s been so great and encouraging. We’re looking forward to launching the next one later this Spring.

What is the Onramp Cohort? It’s an online training approach focused on skills and priorities needed by people in their first few years of youth ministry.

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2019 Youth Pastor Compensation Report

In my experience there are two big factors that drive people out of professional youth ministry.

  1. Burnout – We are a tribe that works too hard, for too many hours, for too long, and forgets to take care of ourselves. One of the things my co-laborer at The Youth Cartel, Mark Oestreicher, says is, “A healthy youth ministry starts with a healthy youth worker.” I’ve seen this play out time and again throughout my career. Sadly, many of us drop out of youth ministry– and ministry altogether– because of the impact of burnout.
  2. Compensation – When I started out in youth ministry I think I was just amazed that I got paid for doing what I loved and was called by God to do. But then my wife and I had kids, bought a house, started thinking about the future, started dealing with the expenses of raising a family… adult life got expensive! Over the years I’ve watched an enormous amount of my friends leave youth ministry for other types of ministry or other careers altogether over compensation issues.

These two items are inter-related. In our Youth Ministry Coaching Program cohorts we work hard on the first item, helping youth workers develop life rhythms that promote longevity in ministry. And we’re thankful to partner with Dan Navarra to bring issues around compensation to the forefront.

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We are looking for a few more teams for mission trips to Baja, Mexico

I am in search of 4-5 more groups who’d like to do a mission trip with me in 2019.

With all that’s transpired at the border we’ve lost a few groups even though our work isn’t at the border. Sigh. We’d love to replace those groups with new ones and I need your help to do that.

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Take the Youth Pastor Compensation Survey 2018

We all know youth workers are underpaid.

Fellow youth worker Dan Navarra set out on a simple mission last year to do something about it. He created his first compensation survey to get fellow youth workers the information they needed to have an informed conversation with their church about their compensation.

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5 Tips for Launch Week 

For most youth ministries around the country this week is huge as you launch your fall programming.

Sure, you’ve not even finished your expense reports from all the summer stuff, but hey… it’s go time! LAUNCH WEEK! Without further ado, here’s some tips to make the most of Launch Week.

5 Tips for Launch Week

  1. Fun! It might sound crazy to mention, but don’t forget to make your Launch Week fun. Why? Because when people have a good time, when they laugh, when they act a little silly, they let their guard down. See, having fun isn’t just the opposite of being boring, it’s also highly functional. Whether it’s with games, skits, funny videos, or something else… fun levels the playing field and gets everyone on the same page.
  2. Vision! Imagine you’re a middle or high school student. The first couple weeks of school are all about casting vision as each class goes over what they’ll learn, what to expect, and how to prepare yourself to come to class. Your Launch Week should do the same thing. If you’ve got a big, over-arching vision for the school year this is the time to share it. “What are we trying to accomplish together this year?” Don’t make the mistake of launching into a 6-week series without casting some big vision for the year to come.
  3. Teasers! During the first couple of weeks, as you’re casting vision, as you’re having fun– shamelessly tease big items on your ministry calendar for the year to come. Is it the Fall retreat? Is it the Spring Break Mission Trip? Is it camp next summer? Start talking about it right now so that your group will start looking forward to it… and more importantly, they’ll put it on their family calendar.
  4. Announce, announce, announce! During Launch Week you’re going to repeat yourself a lot.During Launch Week you’re going to repeat yourself a lot. And that’s OK.  Families are establishing new schedules and routines and you need to over announce things to make sure your stuff gets in. Don’t assume they know anything, say it over and over again. “We meet Wednesday nights at what time?”
  5. Train your volunteers! At the end of the day, volunteers need to know a lot more than when to show up and what to do. They need to know WHY you are doing things, they need to know HOW they fit into your vision, they need to know HOW to prepare for each week.

Ready to get a Masters Degree in Launch Week? Do all of this with parents, too. I mean… that’s who is actually getting them there, right?