Do You Know Your People? – Part Two

We speak, teach & train people as if they are all in the same level of faith. In another way of saying this: We teach & train holding the presupposition that everyone is in the same grade. The result of this, leaves us wondering why lives are not changed, why people don’t show Godly faith, why is it with all that I do, I don’t see lasting impact. In part one of this two-part post, we looked into categorizing people based on the level of faith they are in. The groups are: Community, Crowd, Congregation, Committed, Core. If you want to know why we did so, please read Do You Know Your People? – Part One. In this part we will look at the various needs and plan of action of each group.

Since everyone’s level of faith or walk with Jesus is not at the same level. We need to know how to prepare, plan and also what to pray. The message must stay the same, but the methods and style of communicating it will vary greatly. As per the diagram, we need to work from the outside in. Getting people from community to the crowd, from the crowd to the congregation, from the congregation to the committed, from the committed to the core.
Each people group fulfills different purposes for church. The church overall has five purposes: Evangelism, Worship, Fellowship, Discipleship, Ministry.

Different People Require Different Approaches

Community: The purpose is Evangelism. The Action Plan is: Reach people wherever, whoever, however they are. Jesus gave his life for the whole world. Everybody needs Jesus. The community must become the the crowd.

Crowd: The purpose is Worship. Jesus reached the crowd by loving them. To reach the crowd we must prepare our environments which will bring them into the loving hands of the church. A place where they can be accepted. Where they can be drawn to worship.

Congregation: The purpose is Fellowship. It’s not alright to be a face in the crowd. You cannot survive on your own. The crowd needs to fellowship and hence build authentic congregations where they help build one another. To be a member of an active action body. In our context it’s the parish youth group.

Committed: The purpose is Discipleship. From the congregation, you’ll find some who are showing more commitment than the rest. With them we need discipleship programs. YouCat is a great curriculum for discipling and making them firmer in their faith.

Core: The purpose is Ministry. Out of the committed ones, select a few to be leaders. Leading by example. Their role is to be like Jesus wherever they are. And primarily to do ministry and be the hands and feet of Jesus.

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There is much more I would like to write on each of these categories and their needs and purposes. But this is just an introduction. If you want to learn more, get a copy of the book:  Rebuilt by Fr. Michael White & Tom Corcoran

You can also see Rick Warren’s training videos on How to have a Purpose Driven Church.

The Most Vital Ingredient of Leadership: INTEGRITY

The tragedy in today’s world is that we are shocked by ‘Integrity’ and not by dishonesty. The normal belief in today’s world is that it’s alright to lie, to steal, to fake oneself. When there is lack of integrity, it hurts somebody. Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.

At a wedding I attended, where the family in the rush of the moment forgot to take the gold jewelries out of the taxi. They thought they would never get it back, two hours later, the taxi driver comes back and returns it. Everyone was shocked. The bride’s father  said to the driver, “Not everyone is like you.” In our world we see too often the lack of integrity, you look at our church leaders, politicians, even athletes. Read more

Do You Know Your People? – Part One

In ministry, we often think of people having the same level of faith as everyone else (including you and me). We think that, whatever we do or prepare; we are doing it for the same group of people. Too often in ministry we shoot in all directions, hoping it’ll resonate something with someone. The problem is, we have not categorized them. Read more

The Heart of Youth Ministry

THE HEART OF YOUTH MINISTRY IS RELATIONSHIPS BUILDING!  Sounds obvious, but it’s easily overlooked. It’s easy to get bogged down on the agenda and attendance. While important, relationships matter more.

When you build relationships in youth groups young people open up and the group gets stronger and bonds closer.  To build relationships you need to put together a format that focuses on them.  And it starts with: Read more

Your Youth Space Matters

If the service quality at a restaurant was bad, would you go back? If the place was dirty with infestations would you eat there again? The same standards we hold toward restaurants should be held toward our youth space.

So how would you rate your youth ministry’s space between 1 – 10?

If you are not sure, start asking your youth members, youth leaders and even your animator. Find out:

Is it working? What needs improvement?

You might not like the answer, but it’ll help you move towards a more attractive environment for young people. While certain changes are going to be unique to your local setting, there are a few basic steps to improve any environment. Read more

How to Conduct a Youth Group?

What should be done when a youth group meets? How long should a typical gathering be? The content of the gathering will determine the direction in which young people will develop. The following is an international framework which has proven successful in various youth ministries around the world. Read more