Key youth leaders should be networking,
If you are in a city or large town you are blessed, there will be network groups already in existence, whether that is a Presbyterian group or an ecumenical group. If you don’t know about such a group ask a fellow youth worker in town, or contact me [email protected]
If you are in a rural setting it is not easy to connect with other youth workers on a regular basis, but PYM is here to help. We have Skype Networking groups that you can join. Thanks to the power of Skype we can have up to ten people in a group. All you need is a laptop, a microphone, a webcam, skype( download for free) and a cup of coffee.
We have found, that these groups create real relationships, that even though you have never met the other people, you are actually blessed by them. We try to keep them simple; check in with each other, have a discussion around a relevant youth ministry issue, and pray. Skype networking groups tend to meet monthly. If you are the key youth leader at your church, why not sign up today.
It can be a very lonely role, even when you a have a big team of volunteers. It can be extremely helpful to know the trials and tribulations of other youth leaders, to know you are not alone. There is a whole breed of people going through exactly the same pressures as you week in, week out.
It is great to hear how others have overcome the struggles you are going through, to be able to pick their brain for tips. Likewise you can be a real blessing to others when sharing your experiences.
Such groups are also awesome for brainstorming, for sharing of ideas and resources. Hearing what has worked well in another group, and transferring that into your group.
Evidence shows that leaders who are plugged into network groups last longer in their positions. And for this reason we recommend if you are the key youth leader at your church you should be part of a network group.