You guys, today it’s our first birthday!
It’s kinda crazy how much has happened in the last year, both with this blog and our own Youth Ministry. This blog started because of the many Youth Min blogs I found there wasn’t a whole lot out there for those that were specifically running a ministry as a volunteer, like us. I know we aren’t the only full-time volunteers (for lack of a better description) out there that are trying to figure out Youth Ministry around family and a job. So mainly I wanted to encourage others in a similar position, share our journey, and share the resources we’ve made or discovered (see The Ultimate Youth Ministry Resource Kit for a complete list). Basically, we want to make it feel less daunting or frustrating for others!
Behind the scenes here, we’ve seen our ministry develop a solid core of around 20 students, and had a total of 70 come through our doors in 2016. Our highlights from the year have been growing our D Group, starting a Youth worship team, and going on our very first Youth Camp! We’ve definitely had our ups and downs this year and frustrations amongst the celebrations. But I think that hearing back from one of our students who said they had a fun year without any drama made it worth it. Our challenges and frustrations and some of the drama we experienced didn’t creep into the culture at Youth, and they had a great year.
Two giveaways coming up!
To celebrate Tansquared Youth Ministry’s first birthday we’re putting together a couple of giveaways to bless two Youth Ministries somewhere around the world. The giveaways will be running next week (March 6th-10th, 2017, NZT) so check back then if you’d like to enter (or sign up for our emails so you don’t miss out). We have partnered with some amazing people to bring you some great resources.. You don’t want to miss it!
Update: Find the giveaways here.
The best of TYM
I thought that today I’d also share with you what our most popular posts have been in our first year. I love that they’re not all the same type of post (i.e. leadership) but there’s a good mix of favourites. Leave a comment to let me know if you’d like more information on any of these, too. Check out what made the top 10:
- How long have you been on this journey with us? What’s been the most helpful topic for you?
- If you’ve just joined us, what’s Youth Ministry like for you?
- What do you want to see happen in the next year of Tansquared Youth Ministry?
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