Our partnering churches receive ministry training
The most important aim of this training is to help your church leaders understand and deal with the underlying causes of problems, rather than just their symptoms. Leaders will begin to see situations, events and people - including themselves - as part of a larger 'systemic' picture of the ministry and their personal lives. As the awareness deepens, church leaders will be better able to identify where, when and how to take effective action.
Developing resources - to some church leaders, this is synonymous with fund-raising, and that causes all kinds of anxiety, and even avoidance. Yet, Scripture teaches that we are to challenge other believers to be responsible stewards. And, by building 'resourceful relationships', we create strong, lasting partnerships between our churches and its supporters - individuals, other ministries and even secular groups - who care enough about the work we are doing to want to support it. Understanding this can bring about a major shift in perspective and open up new sources of support.
The most important aim of this training is that leaders will be able to identify alternative 'futures' for the ministry and their personal lives. Leaders need to look beyond the narrow assumptions about the future, in order to see how the future could turn out differently. This isn't so much to prevent some undesirable future from unfolding - often that isn't possible. Rather, it is to prepare for whatever may come by addressing the driving forces that are within your control. It is essential that you examine deeply and honestly the assumptions, driving forces, and 'questions that matter' that form the basis for constructing different stories about your possible futures. From this vantage point, you can identify strategic priorities that can be incorporated into a sustainable plan.
Logic Model Development
A clear and simple to understand mission statement is only first base towards desired outputs and outcomes. Many church leaders find themselves frustrated wondering why they can't obtain their ministry desirables. Instead of having a set plan to guide their every move and decision, church leaders tead to find themselves hoping for their ministry dreams to come true. This training will renounce this jeopardzing cycle by providing a framework with steps to address problems with feasible solutions. Church leaders will learn the value of knowing their current reality and how to overcome threats to seize the opportunities.
Learn how to engage youth in the process of building a healthier community in which to live - a life-sustaining environment in which they and their families can truly thrive. Along the way, you will gain a deeper appreciation of the untapped richness of your community, as you learn to see it in terms of its assets and not just its needs. You will also gain insight into the implications of Community Youth Development for your leadership, your relationship to your community's churches, and your youth ministry strategies and programs. You will develop a list of next steps necessary to make the shift from betterment to development.