Youth Ministry Connections

About Us

Mission
Statement

“Equipping youth pastors to lead healthy lives and foster healthy ministry.”

Youth Ministry Connections exists to break the bondage of isolation and offer a safe community to share life and equip you to lead a healthy life and healthy ministry. This happens in two ways. First, you join a community groups of youth pastors who meet with the intentional focus of discussing their struggles both in life and ministry. The fastest way to heal is through a community that loves and supports each other. Second, you receive one-on-one coaching with a guide who cultivates a deep understanding of you. Together, you create goals and plans that first heal your brokenness and relationships and second build a healthy ministry.”

Vision
Statement

Youth Ministry Connections exists to break the bondage of isolation and offer a safe community to share life and equip you to lead a healthy life and healthy ministry. This happens in two ways. First, you join a community groups of youth pastors who meet with the intentional focus of discussing their struggles both in life and ministry. The fastest way to heal is through a community that loves and supports each other. Second, you receive one-on-one coaching with a guide who cultivates a deep understanding of you. Together, we create goals and plans that first heal your brokenness and relationships and second build a healthy ministry.

Healthy People

Physically

We will encourage and equip youth leaders to

    • 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
    • Obtain proper rest
    • Eat healthy
    • Engage physical exercise
    • Set appropriate boundaries
Emotionally

We will encourage and equip youth leaders to

    • Philippians 4:6-7
    • Work through past brokenness toward restoration
    • Understand themselves emotionally, and why they react or fail to act
    • Seek to solidify their identity in Christ… and not on how they perform
    • Connect and network with others toward positive emotional stability
Spiritually

We will encourage and equip youth leaders to

    • Psalm 139:23-24
    • Renew their spiritual fuel tank through sustained study and reflection
    • Build in personal retreat for longer term spiritual care
    • Embrace an approach of lifelong learning, always seeking to grow
    • Serve as spiritual leaders within their families
Relationally

We will encourage and equip youth leaders to

    • Ephesians 4:2-3
    • Navigate and establish a positive working relationship with other staff
    • Build in quality family time
    • Establish proper boundaries with the youth, young adults, parents, leaders, and staff
    • Cultivate a “communal” relationship with the church body

Healthy Ministry

Team

We will encourage and equip youth leaders to

    • Build an effective, sustained volunteer team
    • Grow a student leadership team
    • Cultivate a pool of potential new recruits within the church
Plan

We will encourage and equip youth leaders to

    • Formulate and implement an active MAP (ministry advancement plan) that values depth and width equally while fitting within the church based on the ethos and DNA of the church
    • Determine annual benchmarks and how to reach these benchmarks based on the master plan
    • Establish accountability and follow through on implementation
Church Support

We will encourage and equip youth leaders to

    • Create healthy expectations and timelines
    • Engage the whole congregation in youth ministry
    • Help the church infuse the youth ministry into the greater church body
    • Foster a relationship with other church leader whereby space can be created for youth to serve in multiple roles throughout the church
Reproducing Peer Ministry

We will encourage and equip youth leaders to

    • Implement a process whereby youth are being discipled while also being trained and encouraged to be disciple makers.

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Meet Our Team

Jonathan Norder

Jonathan has experience working both on Young Life staff and church staff. He understands the joys and the struggles of youth ministry. Early on in his ministry, a mentor emphasized the importance of health and balance in ministry. One of his greatest joys is helping leaders find that balance and understand the calling God has for their life.

Duane Smith

Duane is a 35 year veteran in youth ministry. He has served in several youth ministry roles and for the last 20 years has consulted over 200 churches in developing sustainable, deep impact youth ministries. Recently, he has assisted his son with launching the ministry support initiative, B2 Outlet Stores.

-Youth Ministry Connections-

Meet Our Team

Jonathan Norder

Jonathan has experience working both on Young Life staff and church staff. He understands the joys and the struggles of youth ministry. Early on in his ministry, a mentor emphasized the importance of health and balance in ministry. One of his greatest joys is helping leaders find that balance and understand the calling God has for their life.

Duane Smith

Duane is a 35 year veteran in youth ministry. He has served in several youth ministry roles and for the last 20 years has consulted over 200 churches in developing sustainable, deep impact youth ministries. Recently, he has assisted his son with launching the ministry support initiative, B2 Outlet Stores.

Contact Us Now

If you have any questions, please call or email:

connect@ymconnections.com
(616) 209-8373