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I think the key with relational ministry is to calendar it into your day. @rraus shared at CYMC the question based off of the Barna Report, "What if you didn't tweak the curriculum & spent more time doing relational ministry?" I want to follow that up with a challenge. What would our ministry look like if we spent 25% (10 hours in a 40 hour work week) of our time doing relational ministry? What if Core on weeks that they were not preparing the Life Night spend 2 hours a week doing relational ministry instead of planning or waiting for the next Life Night? How many more teens would we reach? There are a ton of ways to do Relational Ministry. Check out the Relational Ministry training videos on LifeTeen.com. These videos provide a ton of great ideas that will help you get started.3
I got an email from a youth minister asking about registration forms and photo/video release forms. Do you all have any good ones that can be shared? Would love to be able to help her out.1
I agree with @matthewzemanek with the vision piece. Often times the vision a youth minister has is opposite from a pastor or neither have articulated the vision. Be sure to site down annually and pray with your pastor about your youth ministry vision and if it is where the Holy Spirit is guiding your pastor and parish at this time. If you have never prepared a vision statement for your ministry check out the training video Creating a Youth Ministry Vision on LifeTeen.com.
In addition, you should plan on having 4 meetings a year with your pastor to make sure you are on track to accomplish the vision you have agreed upon. If you do not report to your pastor, this might be a meeting with a pastoral associate or a DRE. Regardless, in these meetings you will want to have conversations about goals, relational ministry, retreats, calendars, and where you need your priests support sacramentally and spiritually. If you have questions about what each meeting should entail, let me know and we can arrange a coaching appointment to go over them. Know you are in my prayers and the more you share your vision with your pastor and the entire staff and parish, the more you will see advocacy and understanding of what Youth Ministry is at your parish and with staff.1
Holy Trinity in San Pedro has one of the most colorful, interactive, and fun youth rooms ever. Also St. Anthony of Padua really invested in their youth room and made it a place teens want to be at after school and before and after Life or Edge Nights. Whatever you do, make it a room teens want to be in and spend time in. If you have an interior designer in your parish, seek them out to help design it and get colors right that are welcoming and cheerful.1