Youth Ministry Renovation Process

Youth are integral to the life, health, and vitality of our church community. We engage our youth in worship, service, and fellowship at Christ Church, but there are many of us who believe we can and want to do better at supporting our youth.

To help us do this, we invited Youth Ministry Architects to visit us June 7, 8 and 9, 2013 to guide us in an intentional planning process to build a sustainable Youth Ministry here at Christ Church. The YMA team presented the results of the visit on Sunday evening to a roomful of parishioners. Their Assessment Report, along with a timeline for implementation of recommendations is available for you to read.

 Click here to learn more about how the visit was planned and how participation was cultivated.

The Renovation Team is leading this process:

Prayer Team has been established, to undergird this renovation process. We ask everyone to hold this ministry in prayer, but to officially join the Prayer Team and receive periodic progress updates, please click here to email Nancy Bieging, chair of the Prayer Team.

Vision Retreat 

The Youth Ministry Vision Retreat, February 6-8, 2014, was a vital step in our Youth Ministry renovation process to build a sustainable Youth Ministry at Christ Church! Youth Ministry Architects (YMA) facilitated this retreat in which a broad cross-section of over 40 Christ Church parishioners, youth, youth leaders, clergy and staff participated. During the three-day retreat, participants developed a mission statement, list of values, 3-year goals, and an organizational structure for the ministry. 

  • Mission Statement: 
    • Christ Church Youth Ministry inspires, empowers, and celebrates youth, in partnership with their families, to develop a life-long identity in the body of Christ.
  • Values:

      Loving – We love as Christ loves us.

      Serving – We serve each other and our neighbors.

      Accepting – We see God in every person and we welcome all.

      Learning – We grow through encounters with scripture, tradition, reason, and experience.

      Seeking – We listen and respond to the Holy Spirit.

  • Goals

The Youth Ministry Renovation Team is pleased to report the following full list of goals for the Youth Ministry of our parish. These goals were identified during the Youth Ministry Visioning Retreat held at Christ Church in February. Each goal has an initial benchmark within the next year. Midterm goals also are defined. We will use these benchmarks to judge our progress and processes. We will also consider modifying goals and benchmarks as our community and the times change. During the spring and summer of 2014 we will work on the seven-year framework of education including curriculum, confirmation, youth group, service projects and mentoring described in the first goal.

Under this set of goals and benchmarks, a new Youth and Families Committee will be formed by October 2014. During the spring and summer, we will work on naming the responsibilities of this new committee as described in Goal number 8, Guiding.

Youth Ministry Renovation Process Three-Year GoalsExpected Completion February 2017

1. Framing: Christ Church has created and implemented a comprehensive seven-year framework of education, involvement and service addressing spiritual, emotional, physical, social and inter-faith issues aligned with our Youth Ministry values.

 Initial Benchmark, August 2014:

A curriculum committee has been formed. A curriculum retreat has been held. A plan for the 2014–15 program year, including Confirmation Class, is in place. Teachers, youth leaders and volunteers have been identified and training scheduled for activities through January 2015.

 Mid-Term Benchmark, August 2015:

The curriculum for school years 2015–2016 through 2017–2018 has been developed. Teachers, youth leaders and volunteers have been identified for most major events and classes for those years.

Training has been planned and scheduled for 2015–2016 program year.

 

2. Mentoring: Christ Church has implemented a program for youth to develop a spiritual path for faithful living through intergenerational mentorship opportunities.

Initial Benchmark, February 2015:

The program has been developed.

Mid-Term Benchmark 1, August 2015:

Mentors have been trained for school year 2015-2016.

Mid-Term Benchmark 2, June 2016:

At least ten youth and five mentors participated in a mentorship pilot program throughout the school year.

 

3. Leading: Youth have held leadership roles within the church, including participating in liturgy, planning Youth Sunday activities, leading service projects and participating on church committees.

Initial Benchmark, August 2014:

Christ Church has developed a list of service projects available to youth and explored committees appropriate for youth participation.

Mid-Term Benchmark, June 2015:

During the 2014-2015 program year, youth planned, led and preached at two Youth Sundays; led one service project; and participated on one committee. Six youth are lay readers and four youth are active members of the Chancel Chapter.

 

4. Communicating: Christ Church has implemented a plan that uses social media to recruit and engage youth and families about Youth Ministry.

Initial Benchmark, February 2015:

In coordination with the communications committee, an Engagement Plan for Youth Ministry has been developed.

Mid-Term Benchmark, August 2015:

A Youth Ministry Engagement coordinator (volunteer) has begun to implement the Engagement Plan.

 

5. Participating: Each week, 54 youth participate in one of the Sunday offerings.

Initial Benchmark, August 2014:

A plan for tracking attendance for all Youth Ministry offerings is implemented.

Mid-Term Benchmark, February 2016:

Each week, 40 youth participated weekly in one of the Sunday offerings.

 

6. Partnering: Thirty-five parents of youth in grades 6th through 12th grades and 35 adults without youth or children have volunteered their time and talent at least once a year.

Initial Benchmark, August 2014:

A volunteer recruitment process is developed and utilized to identify teachers and event coordinators for program year 2014–2015.

Mid-Term Benchmark, June 2015:

The volunteer recruitment process is refined and documented. During the 2014-2015 school year, 20 parents of youth in 6th through 12th grades and 20 adults without youth children volunteered their time and talent at least once.

 

7. Parenting: During the school year, six faith formation opportunities for education and dialogue that address parenting 6th through 12th graders are offered.

Initial Benchmark, February 2015:

Topics, opportunities, and resources for parenting 6th through 12th graders are researched and identified.

Mid-Term Benchmark, May 2016:

During the 2015–2016 school year, three education and dialogue sessions regarding faith and parenting 6th through 12th graders are offered.

 

8. Guiding: The Youth Ministry Renovation Team’s work is completed and a Youth and Families Committee and Youth Minister are in place with clearly defined roles to sustain the Youth Ministry Program.

Initial Benchmark, June 2014:

The roles and responsibilities of the Renovation Team, the Youth and Families Committee and the Youth Minister are established, documented and communicated.

Benchmark, October 2014:

The Youth and Families Committee is established.

 

 

  • Questions? Click here to email Lisa Tenore, chair of the Youth Ministry Renovation Team. 

Youth Ministry Renovation Process

We’re working to better support our youth in their journey of faith. We've engaged the help of Youth Ministry Architects (YMA) to guide us in an intentional renovation process to build a sustainable Youth Ministry at Christ Church. Just tuning in? Click here to learn more about what has happened so far. 

The Renovation Team is leading this process:

Prayer Team has been established, to undergird this renovation process. We ask everyone to hold this ministry in prayer, but to officially join the Prayer Team and receive periodic progress updates, please click here to email Nancy Bieging, chair of the Prayer Team.

Vision Retreat

The Youth Ministry Vision Retreat, February 6-8, 2014, was a vital step in our youth ministry renovation process to build a sustainable Youth Ministry at Christ Church!. Youth Ministry Architects (YMA) facilitated this retreat in which a broad cross-section of over 40 Christ Church parishioners, youth, youth leaders, clergy and staff participated. During the three-day retreat, participants developed a mission statement, list of values, 3-year goals, and an organizational structure for the ministry. 

  • Mission Statement: 
    • Christ Church Youth Ministry inspires, empowers, and celebrates youth, in partnership with their families, to develop a life-long identity in the body of Christ.
  • Values, Goals, and Organizational Structure: Coming soon! 
  • Resources:
  • Questions? Click here to email Lisa Tenore, chair of the Youth Ministry Renovation Team. 
- See more at: http://www.historicchristchurch.org/children-and-youth/youth/#sthash.f3pLYwdt.dpuf

Youth Ministry Renovation Process

We’re working to better support our youth in their journey of faith. We've engaged the help of Youth Ministry Architects (YMA) to guide us in an intentional renovation process to build a sustainable Youth Ministry at Christ Church. Just tuning in? Click here to learn more about what has happened so far. 

The Renovation Team is leading this process:

Prayer Team has been established, to undergird this renovation process. We ask everyone to hold this ministry in prayer, but to officially join the Prayer Team and receive periodic progress updates, please click here to email Nancy Bieging, chair of the Prayer Team.

Vision Retreat

The Youth Ministry Vision Retreat, February 6-8, 2014, was a vital step in our youth ministry renovation process to build a sustainable Youth Ministry at Christ Church!. Youth Ministry Architects (YMA) facilitated this retreat in which a broad cross-section of over 40 Christ Church parishioners, youth, youth leaders, clergy and staff participated. During the three-day retreat, participants developed a mission statement, list of values, 3-year goals, and an organizational structure for the ministry. 

  • Mission Statement: 
    • Christ Church Youth Ministry inspires, empowers, and celebrates youth, in partnership with their families, to develop a life-long identity in the body of Christ.
  • Values, Goals, and Organizational Structure: Coming soon! 
  • Resources:
  • Questions? Click here to email Lisa Tenore, chair of the Youth Ministry Renovation Team. 
- See more at: http://www.historicchristchurch.org/children-and-youth/youth/#sthash.f3pLYwdt.dpuf