7 Things a Youth Ministry Network Meeting Must Have

Guest post by Mike DeVito from the National Network of Youth Ministries. Mike is a great guy who has a passion for networking ministries and doing outreach on the high school campus.

We have got to give youth workers a good reason to leave their offices to share their lives and ministries and to be part of a citywide vision.

These meetings are built on prayerful Relationship, creative Resourcing and strategic Planning. I’m confident that we can strategically plan meetings that will be of interest and will have a greater impact on youth workers and ultimately students.  I believe these meetings need to provide a safe place for youth workers to come and develop friendships where trust is being built.

What do these meetings look like?

  1. These meetings must start and end on time.
  2. Location, Location, Location!! The location is crucial. Meeting in restaurants for the most part is too distracting, and moving from church to church has also presented challenges when people get lost. If you can find one location and stay there for six months, that seems to work best. What about the atmosphere?
    • Atmosphere is important.
    • Leaders need to be ready when youth workers arrive!
  3. Do signs give direction to the location of the meeting and to also welcome them inside the meeting room?
  4. Is the room arranged to optimize communication? For example, round tables facilitate better discussion and prayer.
  5. Is there a table to display and share resources that the Coordinator or others bring?
  6. It’s possible to provide a free lunch for every meeting, getting someone to donate the meals, or having different churches provide funds. Youth workers can then come straight to the meeting and know that a meal is being provided.
  7. Don’t forget name tags. (Permanent ones that can be handed out and collected are the best.)

Stay tuned, tomorrow we will continue with some ideas for what to do in a youth network meeting.

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