There are three main areas to keep in mind as you develop a POM:
1) Vision/Mission Statement – should work in conjunction with the church’s overall statement. To often youth ministries try to become a church within the church (not intentional), but by coming up with some grandiose POM that does not work along side with the overall vision and discipleship process of the church body. Here is a revolutionary idea – develop and craft your vision to work along side with and in conjunction with your church’s vision/mission statement.
2) Values/Principles – what are the most important things in ministering to youth. One of the greatest lack in the church today is ministry that is not guided by principle. So you must decide what are the core values, the key principles that you want to guide your ministry. Maybe start with the means of grace?
3) Vehicles/Programs – how you are going to accomplish 2 and 3? What will be the programs that will drive you in the direction of your vision and core principles. This would be everything from your regular weekly programs all the way down to coffee with a student.
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