Last summer I got to hang out with Mark Oestreicher for a week in Auckland. Marko heads up the Youth Cartel, and was president of Youth Specialties for 8 years. Here is Marko’s list of must read youth ministry books.
Trying to plan a meeting with with other youth workers, ministers or church members is a nightmare. All of the back-and-forth emails about who is in town, or not, or who can meet after lunch, before lunch, catch me after church…
Being a youth worker, it is very easy to be busy, but it is not so easy to be productive. Often you are interrupted in what you are doing to do other tasks, whether that is from a student, your minister, a parent, a member of the congregation etc. I think most of us are very good at using a calendar, we put events and meetings into our calendar, and we trust the calendar system, and we check our calendar so we know what we are up to, and we don’t miss calendar events.
Peter Cheyne was the moderator of the Presbyterian church of Aotearoa New Zealand from 2010 to 2012. His theme was Making disciple-making disciples
Peter says he chose this theme because Jesus’ parting words to the disciples were “go and make disciples” and it’s something he is passionate about.
Weebly is great! It’s a free online website builder that will help you create a place for all the info you wish to communicate about your youth ministry. The best bit is, it’s incredibly simple to use.
Different youth groups do different things to encourage healthy interactions online. St. Peter’s Church in Tauranga developed a Facebook Code of Conduct, which helped in their situation, and can now always be referred back to if needed.
Here it is:
Here are some productive ways to use technology in Youth Ministry.