#5 Bringing Thoughtful, Skilled Communication to Planning, Leading, and Facilitating in a Youth Ministry Context

Part of a successful youth ministry is creating and maintaining sustainable systems and organizational tools, like calendaring, directories and templates, to keep the youth ministry program running as a vital part of the congregation and so it can live on after a volunteer or staff member leaves.

Adults need to be competent in practicing compassionate communication, handling conflict with grace and humility, expressing needs, and being a good listener. And they need to be able to model these skills for youth. Youth Ministry Advising: A Complete Guide has some tips for developing these skills.

Volunteers and staff must be competent with social media. Supervisors should inform volunteers and staff if their congregation has something akin to what the UUA staff uses as their Youth Inclusion Guidelines (PDF). Adults should be conscious of keeping records of online communication and maintaining their own privacy online.

Training: Communication and Social Media

Video recording (1 hour, 9 minutes)

Audio only (1 hour, 9 minutes)

HOSTED BY: Bart Frost (Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, Tim Atkins (Morristown Unitarian Fellowship)

PRESENTED: March 14, 2017

During this webinar we will explore what you need to know in order to communicate in the best ways possible with your youth, parents, and other leaders. The webinar goes over tips and tricks, as well as answers any sticky questions you might have about communicating effectively and using social media.

Slides (PDF, 27 pages)

Resources List (PDF, 1 page)

Webinar Notes (PDF, 3 pages)

How To Snapchat

Learn how to communicate with the younger people in your congregation in a medium they are likely to be using regularly.

Expand Your Reach

Sustainable Youth Ministry

Webinar training by Nancy Combs-Morgan, Coordinator of Emerging Youth and Young Adult Ministries for MidAmerica Region; and Dori Davenport Thexton, Faith Development and Growth Director for Central Midwest District.

Webinar Training Slides