Youth Dynamics has been committed to reaching youth since 1970. We do this through building relationships and inviting youth to high-quality, transformative outdoor adventures. We are both relational and adventurous, and we call our ministry strategy Relational Adventure Youth Ministry.
Youth Dynamics is committed to expanding the ministry. Before a new Youth Dynamics ministry starts, it is critical to be directed by the Lord. We want and need God’s direction as we prayerfully consider new ministry opportunities. It is also essential to consider specific criteria/questions.
Six Keys to Starting a New Youth Dynamics Ministry
- A point person from the new location willing to help lead the process to start a ministry
- A calling from God to reach young people through Youth Dynamics
- Trained and motivated director (area, volunteer, church partner, etc.)
- An effective local advisory committee
- Financial health
- Trained and motivated staff team (volunteers and additional paid staff if needed)
Four Important Questions to Consider:
- Where will I recruit volunteers to assist in ministry efforts?
Churches, friends, family, school faculty, like-minded organizations, etc.
- What core ministry should I begin?
There is no right answer. Instead, it’s a thoughtful and prayerful conversation about what is most needed and where the best opportunities to start and sustain a ministry are.
- Where will ministry take place?
What facility? Is there a school campus nearby? The Youth Dynamics ministry has a passion for “community-based ministry.” We go to students in their environment, not just expecting them to walk into a building. Are the local campuses open? What are the local places where teens hang out?
- Who will support the Youth Dynamics’ student outreach in the community?
Individuals, businesses, churches, and other youth-oriented groups are candidates for prayer, partnership, and financial support.
Six Ways You Can Be Involved
Youth Dynamics needs YOU to be an integral part of fulfilling the mission to share Jesus Christ with teenagers. Here are some ways you can be involved.
- Participate in the advisory committee
- Contribute financially
- Pray for Youth Dynamics in your community
- Advocate for Youth Dynamics in your community
- Volunteer for student ministry
- Work full-time for Youth Dynamics
How Does a Basic Student Ministry Look?
- A regular (weekly or bi-weekly) outreach program, called YD Connect
- Contact work and relationship building – campus work, local parks, sports events, one-on-one times, etc…
- One-on-one mentoring
- Bible studies
- Adventure trips, i.e., rafting, kayaking, mountaineering, rock climbing, horsemanship, and more!
- Youth Dynamics winter snow camp
- Adventure clubs (i.e., a regular rock-climbing club, paddle boarding, etc.)
Leadership Development Opportunities
- Student leadership and peer to peer evangelism
- Leadership pursuits and summer internships
- Wilderness training
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
The Great Commission, Matthew 28:18-20