Denise McKinney – Ministry Coach, Writer and Communicator, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Does My Youth Ministry Have the Shape, the Story and the Staff that Will Anchor Students’ Faith?
Recently, my husband reminded me that before any inclement winter weather hits this year, I need to have my two back tires replaced. We live in Tulsa, which is not much of a winter wonderland during the cold season. But if the kids who yearn to build a snowman are lucky, we will typically get at least one good snowfall between December and March and quite possibly a few ice storms.
Because we don’t frequently have a ton of winter weather issues, neither does our city have a lot of resources to deal with inclement weather when it does arrive. So, when the rubber meets the road, I want to be able to steer through whatever storm is dumping snowflakes or frozen water particles from the heavens.
That is a lot like what I hope for in building, organizing and dreaming about how to minister to teens. Our students are going to encounter elements of real life that will test their faith when the rubber meets the road and those kids of circumstances will reflect on whether we helped anchor their faith or whether they’ve been set adrift in rough waters. The following set of questions is the first set of three you will see in coming weeks that have helped me examine what it means to shape, story, and staff a ministry that is enduring and effective in the lives of teens, when the rubber meets the road. Continue Reading »