Creating structure that supports the strategy of your youth ministry is key to overall ministry health and growth. But what should that structure look like? And how do you know if you have the wrong structure in place? On this episode, join Kurt Johnston, Pastor to Students at Saddleback Church, for a conversation with ministry leaders about the importance of structure and what you can do to create and implement structure that aligns with the overall strategy of your ministry.
Structure should follow strategy. (4:00)
First, you need to define the purpose for your ministry, and then structure the ministry accordingly. (4:45)
Growth is a natural byproduct of the purpose, strategy, and structure of your ministry. (5:15)
What are some of the consequences of poor ministry structures? (8:00)
Structure your ministry for growth. (14:00)
Great, healthy, growing ministries are not 100% better than every other ministry. They are 1% better in 100 different ways. (17:00)
Creativity is innovation applied to a problem. (20:00)
Systems will kill your youth ministry if it’s all about the systems. (21:00)
An awesome youth ministry does not happen without structure. (23:00)
What are some tangible steps that someone who is beginning to build a structure can take? (25:00)
Find a mentor who is further down the road than you. (25:00)
You can’t live without structure in your ministry, but don’t let it kill you. (30:00)
Be careful not to kill growth through over-structure. (30:00)
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Brett is an XP3 Orange Specialist with Orange after spending 11 years in full time ministry. He’s been married to his amazing wife since 2004. They have three amazing and hilarious kids who constantly keep them busy and laughing. He loves baseball, golf and makes amazing turkey melt sandwiches (if he has the time and ingredients, otherwise they’re just average).
Kurt has been leading students since 1988. Currently, Kurt is the Pastor to Students at Saddleback Church, where he provides leadership and coaching to the junior high, high school, and college teams at all of Saddleback’s global campuses. Kurt loves to encourage youth workers and has created dozens of resources with that goal in mind. When he’s not in the youth ministry trenches, Kurt likes to hang out with his family, surf, and ride dirt bikes in the desert.
Tom Shefchunas is the Executive Director of Student Strategy at Orange. In this role, he leads the development and strategy for XP3 Middle School and High School curriculum. Previously, Tom was North Point Ministries’ Multi-Campus Director of Transit, their middle school ministry, for 12 years. And before that, he spent 10 years as a high school teacher, coach, and principal. Additionally, he is the co-author of Lead Small with Reggie Joiner. Tom and his wife, Julie, live in Cumming, Georgia, with their three children, Mac, Joey, and Cooper.
Ashley Bohinc serves as the Director of Middle School Strategy at Orange, co-host of The Think Orange Podcast, and co-author of The Art of Group Talk. She’s worked with students in public education, athletic, and ministry settings since 2005. Ashley is most passionate about resourcing the local church, communicating onstage, developing leaders, working with students, and engaging in world missions. Additionally, she’s the USA Director of Carry 117. In her downtime, you’ll find her watching Friends, cheering on the Cleveland Cavaliers, traveling, reading, or on one of her Fairytale Friday Adventures.
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