Icebreaker (Colleen) – Speed Dating (inner/outer circle rotations)
What was your favorite youth ministry thing you did this summer?
What was your favorite non-ministry thing you did this summer?
What is your goal for the next 12 month/within the next 12 months?
Prayer (Kate Wyvill/Rudy) – Noticing Those We Fail to Notice
Casting Crowns – “Does Anybody Hear Her?”
Underline words and write names
USCCB Convocation: “We are not the Church serving ‘x group’; we are the Church serving the Church.”
Index cards with names of people/groups you don’t normally connect with or haven’t made an effort to get to know
Your friend group
Teens you work with
A community in the parish where you worship
A group/community within society
Read the Woman at the Well (John 4)
Underline words and write names
If Jesus was sitting at the well with the people on your index cards, what would he say to them? (write on back of index card)
Theme for the Year: Common Ground!
Shaun Smithson – Maryland State Director of FCA & Texas Native
Thank you for the chance to share!
Conversation more than a teaching – it has already begun. Our prayer service is the start of this conversation.
Story behind the story of the woman at the well is CRITICAL!
Jesus is tired and hungry, and his disciples are in town getting food.
Disciples return and he’s not hungry anymore and he’s not hungry anymore – he is energized by doing his Father’s will.
The townspeople come because of the woman, NOT the disciples. What opportunities to bring people to Christ did they miss while they were completing the task of getting food?
How often do we miss opportunities while we’re working – e.g., buying food for an event without even mentioning to the checkout person what it’s for, why we are doing this?!
What does God have figured out before we even come to the table? (Does he know who is going to be at the cash register when you check out, or at the table behind you at your important lunch date?)
Thoughts about “Does Anybody Hear Her?”
A steeple is designed to be seen and heard from far away, but the real Church requires looking more closely.
Our response to someone “running away” might instinctually be to yell after them, but the best response to run after them and catch them.
It’s about identity.
Mark 5:41 – Jesus tries (and succeeds!) with a child whom others said was long gone, and not to bother. Youth pastors do this all the time – try with those who others have disregarded and bring them life. By not giving up on teens, we allow Jesus to work through us.
Article – “How Do You Get People to Your Church?” (on the Gospel Coalition website)
It’s not about worship style.
“Personally, I don’t know very many unbelievers who are likely to attend a church service.”
“Thankfully, I have soccer, so I don’t have to go to church [to find community].”
Free coffee – Starbucks or making coffee at home is just as easy
Branding and social media – we can’t compete
Pastor’s funny – yeah, so is Youtube!
“If our churches are going to reach people, it will be through reaching each other.”
Why don’t they come?
They don’t know about it.
No one invited them.
Don’t realize that they’re not fulfilled and that Jesus is the missing piece.
No connection or interest, does not appeal (like a hobby you’re just not interested in).
Volitional barrier – they just don’t want to!
Emotional barriers (baggage from real or imagined hurts, either personal or global – “institutional religion”)
Intellectual barriers (from parents, history class, misconceptions, philosophical frameworks)
He got into youth ministry in order to introduce kids who didn’t know Jesus to Jesus.
But who in your life do you have relationships with who doesn’t know Jesus yet?
Luke 19:10 – Zacchaeus – Jesus came to seek and save the lost!
God SENT his Son – “sent” means he WENT somewhere!
Example: Willow Creek – famous evangelical church all churches were looking for – but the folks in the gas station across town had never heard of it!
No one knows about FCA – except where we’ve met them on their turf! Where there are FCA huddles, high schoolers know about FCA, which lends to knowing Christ.
FCA is not a “come to” ministry but a “go to” ministry.
Getting on their turf is not a strategy. “How do I get them to come to church?” is the wrong question. You have won the minute you get to spend time with the student!
HANDOUT (at left)
KEYS TO MEETING TEENS ON THEIR TURF:
Be partners with their experts.
“The most powerful words in the English language are ‘Coach said.’” – Billy Graham
The goal should not be the championship at the end of the season (sacrament, etc.), but the relationship.
Be interested in them – what are they passionate about?
Expect resistance – not just physical or interpersonal, but spiritual.
It may take years for some to put their faith in Jesus. Are you patient enough to keep praying for them as long as it takes?
You may not always complete your agenda – that’s ok. Don’t force things!
Ask good questions.
What keeps you going? Etc. – helps to reveal what is missing in life and open the door for Jesus.
Let FCA and other parachurch orgs partner with parishes to cover more turf!
Public Service Announcements
Sept 23 – Base Camp (training for youth ministry teams) at St. Pius
Oct 21 – Youth Contact at Mount deSales
9am-12pm: Youth Contact
12pm-3pm: NCYC Delegation Meeting
March for Life – only ONE venue for the Rally (only Verizon center), so we may have fewer tickets available.
APYM website, collaboration with BACM, etc.
Resources in the archives for ideas on how to get out of your office!
Afternoon: Networking Groups on different “turfs”
Focus on one social medium and do it well; consistency is key!
First 20 minutes in the office, decide what you will post that day.
Make use of cross posting tools and scheduling tools
Use of SignUp Genius
Ease of use
Designed to be shared on social media by those signing up
More kids/adults signing up
Instagram - Inspirational quotes; designate one teen to have access to post (emphasize diversity in posts); use “story” to give “real time” info
Twittertimer – sending out 5x per day on time programmed in morning
Humanizing – pictures and tidbits from your own life
Snapchat doesn’t allow for transparency re: boundaries, but is where the teens are; “streaks” are important
“Remind” is a good service for utilizing texting, GroupMe also mentioned