The Basics (Tribes, Part 5)

WHAT IS A TRIBE?

Last time (part 4) I talked about the Theological Foundation for Tribes. 

Today, I'm going to share a bit about the practical, programming foundation for Tribes. It begins, like EVERY SINGLE YOUTH MINISTRY, wanting to create authentic community with youth and adults in a safe environment. So, 

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Picture a kind, Christ-like couple with a home in your community.

 

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Next, picture 5 adults that love Jesus and love teenagers, having dinner with that couple in their home.

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Now, picture a group of 20 teenagers - guys, girls, grade 9-12 (or 6-8) mixed together and walking through the front door of that home.

They are there with those adults to laugh, play, eat, share, and talk about Jesus.

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Then, think about each of those 5 adults having a few of those teenagers that they know, connect with, and hang out with during the week.

And finally, imagine that couple knowing and praying for and connecting with those 5 adults to care for them so they don’t burn themselves out through the course of a year of Youth Ministry.

 

That, is the basics of a Youth Missional Community...a TRIBE!


In the next post, we'll get into a little more of the nitty gritty, like how to shape an entire Youth Min calendar around intentionally building Christ-like, authentic community.