First Third Conversations

Thinking about change in your first third ministry?

By Dr. Nancy Going, Director of the CYF Distributed Learning Program at Luther Seminary

- Are your ministries with young people more interested in program participation or cultivating a faith that matters in everyday life?

- Are you spending more time and energy coordinating events than fostering conversation about faith?

- Are you struggling to get the attention of your youth and their families?

- Is your Youth Ministry helping to foster Maturing Christian Young People?

If you are seeing the need for change, start here!

The Center for First Third Ministry is offering a new coaching cohort beginning in January of 2013. We think we can help you get there. You can find out all the details here. We've very excited about it, because it reflects what we've learned in six years of working with congregations on insights from the Exemplary Youth Ministry Study. From the minute the EYM study was completed, we've been trying to give its results away. Our FirstThird Coaching process is another step in that process. It will provide both a vehicle and a broad time frame for you to move with your congregation through a process of change.

We are not just handing out a curriculum. We're not inundating you study data either. We are leading a year-long coaching process, that will help you move into real cultural change in the life of your congregation. Change that will allow the Spirit generate a faith that matters in the lives of young people. We've seen the results of this in congregations already.

We're also not just focusing on changing or equipping the youth minister. We're focusing on how the whole congregation impacts a youth ministry. We'll share tools with you, but this process of change is about far more than the tools. We're going to help you in asking cultural and theological questions. We're going to walk alongside of you in the midst of roadblocks and wanting to give up.

Think about it. How would REAL change affect your ministry? Even more important, how could it affect the faith lives of kids.

Find out more about coaching here.

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Nancy Going is a life-long youth minister, who loves Jesus, other people learning to love Jesus, her husband Art Going, and the two new families that are her kids and grandkids. 

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