Well Seasoned Youth Ministry
The goal of Well Seasoned Youth Ministry is to empower local United Methodist Churches, and new faith communities, who utilize paid and volunteer youth workers through coaching, networking, and mentoring to have the greatest overall effect on their youth.
Our Presentations include:
WellseasonedYM 101 - deals with youth worker health/boundaries, youth ministry programming and building a youth ministry team ( 3 hour presentation)
WellseasonedYM 202 - deals with youth culture/trends and constructing a holistic youth ministry that addresses the needs of today’s youth (2 hour presentation)
WellseasonedYM 101/202 Combined is an abbreviated presentation of all information listed above (3 hour presentation)
******Our Newest Presentation is called Empowering Your First Youth Worker and is designed for churches that are seeking to create their first youth ministry (1 hour presentation)*******
Where to find us online:
WellseasonedYM.blogspot.com-This blog provides general data and contact information about Wellseasoned Youth Ministry.
WellSeasonedYMWeekly.blogspot.com- This blog is a weekly list of reposts of blogs about youth ministry.
Barebonesym.blogspot.com-This blog is a weekly source of teaching from our Youtube Channel and
provides youth leaders with free lesson material.
Social Media/Where to follow us:
YouTube: In YouTube search “Lee Barnes” plus any of these topics and you will see a host of our online video teachings taken from our presentations: Answering the Two Big Questions , The Parentdox, Youth Council Discussion, Backpack Exercise, What Matters Most, Four Friends In Ministry, Transition Point Ministry, I Believe in Profiling, and Youth Group Discipline Forms, …and more added every week!
Testimonials and Experiences: (Quotes shared with permission)
As I reported to Rev. Carol Goehring last week I get many emails, texts, and phone calls about youth ministry from all around our conference almost daily. These calls range from questions about which conference event to attend to serious problems in a church’s youth ministry. I have developed several close one-on-one coaching relationships through these initial contacts. These coaching contacts have become the most effective piece of my ministry at WellseasonedYM.
David Tuck, a volunteer youth worker at Zebulon UMC, was the very first youth worker to make contact with me. I came and spoke at his church’s Youth Sunday. Later I went out to lunch with David and his team and they asked tons of questions about all aspects of youth ministry on the local church, district, and conference level. This was the seed that God planted in me that grew into WellseasonedYM. As our relationship grew he previewed and attended a WellseasonedYM 101 Presentation at St. Paul UMC in Rocky Mount, NC. He said on Facebook after that meeting “You have changed the way I view Youth Ministry......I have a long way to go!” We have continued our relationship as his church was the first member of my coaching group and a member of the first YOWO group that met in the Heritage District. Other groups like this have continued to spring up in the Heritage District and I am in the midst of networking them.
Abe Herbert from Goldston UMC contacted me last Fall about having dinner and talking youth ministry. I met this first-time-and-new-to-United-Methodism youth worker for a meal and we talked youth ministry for nearly three hours. We focused on the aspects of Confirmation and what that means to United Methodist. I directed him to the Confirmation Retreats at Lake Junaluska. He returned from his confirmation retreat last Sunday and reported to me this week that “He has learned more about United Methodism and felt closer to God than he ever has.” Abe was the second member added to my coaching group and is recruiting a new YOWO group for the Fairway District. He has experienced the YOWO group in the Capital District and wants other to experience it in his district.
Shawnna Smith from Saulston UMC emailed me back in March with some problems that were going on in her church and youth ministry and asked me to meet with her and her pastor. We met for lunch and they detailed to me what was happening and I listened and made a few comments for about an hour. She later said in an email “After just an hour conversation ...I knew God had answered my prayers and that I had to hear more! In just that small amount of time it seemed that you could almost guess what I was going to say next. “ I am happy to report that through prayer and a proactive approach to the problems in the church Shawnna’s youth ministry and church are on the road to health again. Shawnna will be joining our next coaching group for the last half of this year and I hope to see her at the Raleigh area YOWO meetings.
After teaching in all of our districts, some twice already, I have learned that there are MANY youth ministries and youth workers that want coaching, networking and mentoring. The greatest thing I have learned is that the present and the future of our church is held in the hands of the people I encounter. These paid and volunteer youth workers are being supported by churches that take the Baptismal Liturgy at its word and commit to making life long disciples, even during the adolescent years. They take the call to make disciples that do not sit in the pews but serve their local United Methodist Church. Knowing the disciples that serve will not leave the church when they graduate from youth but find another place to serve in their church or in their college town. Thank you for the opportunity to serve such a wonderful and committed bunch of volunteer and paid youth workers and I look forward to serving them more.
Phone: 919-924-4583 Email: WellseasonedYM@gmail.com