Series: How to Plan an Event

The following series of articles are part of a partnership between the Next Institute and CDM, the PCA’s Committee on Discipleship Ministries. You can visit CDM’s Youth Ministry Toolbox here!

If there’s one thing youth workers are known for, it is events. Some bemoan this – we need to be about the gospel, about teaching, about relationships. This is undoubtedly true. But we also serve a congregation of students who live and breathe innovation, who learn experientially, and who are knit together as a family being discipled by Jesus through shared joys while growing up. We facilitate the gospel, biblical instruction, and shepherding relationships through regular and unique programming. Far from the ‘teen party planner’ label some paint us with, planning events is central to how we introduce Jesus to adolescents.  

Speaking of being painted with broad brushes, most youth workers are also stereotyped as being bad with plans and details, flying by the seat of our pants, and losing receipts left and right (to the chagrin of church treasurers everywhere). Statistically, this is actually true – a disproportional number of youth workers score low in these areas on personality exams. Yet this cannot be an excuse for poor leadership. Those of us with difficulties in these areas must grow, surround ourselves with other gifted leaders, and develop structures to help us serve our teens, parents, and churches through our event planning. As a start, we should consider four areas of improvement to grow in our planning capabilities:

1.     The intentionality of our programming

2.     The reality of our resources

3.     The needs of our stakeholders

4.     The evaluation of our events

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ArticlesStephen Yates