AFLC Youth Ministries exists to win teens to Christ, to build them up by God's Word and God's love, to equip them to live and to share their faith, resulting in the multiplying of maturing teen disciples of Jesus.
To encourage youth leaders and caring adults in this pursuit, each month AFLC Youth Ministries features three ideas:
- * Moment of the month features our fun youth ministry finds, you will see everything from movie trailers to magazine ads to YouTube videos.
- * Link of the Month features a recommended youth ministry site.
- * Taste of the Month features a taste of training or something we think would be worth you to nibble on for sharing Jesus with this generation of youth.
Check em’ out and enjoy!
Moment of the Month
CPYU 3D Leader's Guide
For years we have encouraged parents of teens, youth leaders, and pastors to consider Center for Parent Youth Understanding (CPYU) and their resources assisting caring adults involved in the lives of adolescents to think biblically about today’s cultural issues. CPYU has just released a leader’s guide to their popular “3D Guide to Making Wise Media Choices”. The free download is available in following the link above.
Link of the Month
At September’s Pastors & Wives Conference, Pastor Lyndon Korhonen asked me to present on the topic “Engaging Younger Generations in Your Congregation.” I appreciated the feedback and interest in the topic, which is so closely intertwined with our AFLC Youth Ministries department.
One of the resources I mentioned in that setting was the 6 essential strategies from “Growing Young.” This biblically-directed, research-supported initiative from Fuller Youth Institute provides insights for every congregation to consider in passing on the faith to the next generation. They have also recently released an assessment tool for congregations of all sizes
What next step does your congregation need to take in order to stay active and to stay healthy in this focus?
Taste of the Month
Two Training Events: MN and ND
November 11 is apparently a popular day for youth ministry. Two different AFLC congregations are hosting training events for youth leaders, parents, and teens.
In Zumbrota, Minnesota, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church (AFLC) is hosting a “Be With” Training with MN Director of LEAD222, Matt Swigart. LEAD222 is a national youth leader coaching community that AFLC Youth Ministries has partnered with for multiplying healthy youth leaders the last three years. If you are in the region, this Saturday event is worth your time!
In Northwood, North Dakota, Ebenezer Lutheran Church (AFLC) is bringing in Tiger McLuen of Youth Leadership for a “Volunteer & Parent Workshop.” Tiger has partnered with AFLC Youth Ministries on youth leader training and on the FLY Convention for many years. Most recently, Tiger was Monday night’s speaker at FLY 2017. If you are within driving distance, this Saturday event is worth your time!
Please let me know if your congregation or district is hosting a training day or event for youth ministry, so that I can assist in getting the word out about it through our YM Updates.
Rev. Jason Holt
Director of AFLC Youth Ministries