Dear Church Family,
Following the “Who We Are Project” last fall, a strong desire was expressed among the congregation to invest energy and resources into growing our ministry with children and youth. This spring, we are undergoing an intentional transition period with our youth ministry. In January, Michelle Cato stepped back from her role as Director of Youth Ministries to pursue a career in education. Instead of immediately seeking to hire a new Youth Director, our three Pastors are leading the youth ministry in the interim. We are using this time to intentionally recruit new volunteers for youth ministry; these new volunteers, along with those who have already been helping for years, will form the essential support base for a new Youth Director.
For the next step, our Youth Ministry team has invited a consultant team from Ministry Architects to complete a full assessment of our Youth Ministry. On April 2-3, Ministry Architects will hold focused listening groups throughout the afternoon and evening with a variety of youth ministry stakeholders. We hope to see participation in those groups from a broad spectrum of parents, volunteers, youth, parents of future youth, and those who simply care about youth ministry. After two days of listening, our consultants will present their report in an open meeting on April 4 at 6:30 p.m. Based on what they’ve learned through listening and through their expertise with other youth ministries around the country, they’ll share our assets and challenges and offer a blueprint of recommendations as we move forward.
All are invited to find the group that best fits you and come share with Ministry Architects your insights, frustrations, and dreams for youth ministry at FUMC! Come make your voice heard!
Ministry Architects On-Site Assessment
Sunday, April 2
Family Life Center, Garrison Chapel
- 12:30 p.m. General Church Membership
- 2:00 p.m. SPRC
- 3:30 p.m. Youth
- 4:30 p.m. Youth Parents (Youth in supervised activities)
- 6:00 p.m. Youth Volunteers/Teachers
Presentation on Findings
Tuesday, April 4
6:30 p.m., Family Life Center, Garrison Chapel
Ministry Architects helps churches across the US build sustainable, healthy ministries. The process includes:
- Listening – Process begins with an onsite ministry assessment. Stakeholders are heard and valued.
- Questions – Exploratory questions are asked to ensure the full picture is discussed.
- Design – A strategic plan is developed that honors the vision created while addressing the challenges and systems that need to be in place.
- Construction – A month-by-month plan is created during the assessment and will aid in the start of the plan while onboarding a new Youth Director.
To learn more, visit www.ministryarchitects.com.