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A neglected resource every youth worker needs

Last weekend I met Dan Buschow of Allies Network for breakfast. Allies is a ministry here in the Minneapolis area that helps connect youth pastors together for support, training, encouragement and more.

I’m not sure why this hasn’t dawned on me before, but during the course of our discussion I realized that, while youth ministry is loaded with tons of great printed resources, we haven’t really considered each other as a resource. In some ways, other local youth workers in our area are an even more valuable resource than physical materials, especially during hard times in ministry.

That’s what Dan and I talk about in this video. We also share a vision for what that could look like for us in the greater Minneapolis area and ask for your input about the idea, especially if it spreads to other cities. Watch the video and let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Posted on December 1, 2010

  • There is a solid network in Terre Haute, IN that I'm looking forward to connecting with once I'm settled in the area. Good video Tim!

    • Are you thinking about starting a more formalized mentoring relationship with a new youth leader guy there?

  • angelarines

    I had a hard time focusing on the video because I knew right away that was Emma Crumbees from my home town! Haha!
    Anyways, we have a great youth ministry network here in Jersey! I am glad to be a part of it!

    • Is it a network where you guys are all pretty close? Or mostly a planning committee for events? Or what? Is there mentoring going on? Would love to hear more about it.

      • angelarines

        We do very little in the way of planning events together. We do invite each other to events that we are planning or share the work of doing retreats, etc. together. but those conversations typically happen separately from our monthly meeting. I would think of us as more a support group for people in youth ministry (heaven knows we sure need the support!!). We go around and share what is going on in our lives, in our hearts, and in our ministries. We spend time praying together. We spend time sharing and listening. And sometimes we share ideas, solutions, or resources. Such as, I'm hosting an Enroute training workshop at my church and inviting all the ministry leaders from the group and their volunteers to come. I'm probably the newest one to the group, and the only female! But I make a point to set aside those couple of hours each month to go! I actually made it a priority to find a network of others in youth ministry as one of the first things I did when I moved. Huge priority to me!

        • Yeah, that's cool. I love the relational/support aspect of these kinds of networks. Dan and I were talking about adding a more intentional training/mentoring element to the mix, as well.

  • We have a network in Abq, NM and it is basically for support. Some great relationships have come out of it and we get together once a month for support.

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  • I'm part of the Terre Haute network Brian mentioned. The YFC director in our area pulled me in to a monthly youth leader roundtable meeting, and the friendship and support from the group has been amazing. I assumed most cities had something similar, but I've talked to several other youth workers who don't have anything like it. I think the key is having someone in the area who knows how important this resource can be and is willing to reach out to other youth workers in the community.

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