At a Youth for Christ International prayer gathering in the year 2000, in the midst of a time of great soul-searching before God, the leadership of Youth for Christ received a clear mandate from the Lord to “Give the ministry back to young people.”
Youth for Christ is now beginning its third major initiative to fulfill the mandate God gave us.
In 2003 Youth for Christ sponsored a “Young Leader Track” at General Assembly in Brazil, attended by 80 young leaders from around the world. This was a great beginning and the results in the lives of many of the young leaders confirmed the value of intentionally building into the lives of gifted young leaders.
In 2008, Youth for Christ sponsored 300 young leaders to attend the General Assembly in South Africa. The General Assembly was the kick-off of a 2-year Young Leader Development and Empowerment Process that concluded at the end of 2010. Mentoring, coaching and a comprehensive, course based, training curriculum marked the 2008 to 2010 process. Again, we saw great personal growth and ministry results in the lives of the young leaders into whom we were intentionally investing.
How is “Ministry Multiplier” different from previous Young Leader initiatives?
NATIONALLY RUN: Ministry Multiplier is a nationally run initiative. We believe that for the development of young leaders to become on ongoing value and practice in the Youth for Christ family, it must be “owned” by the nations. One of the difficulties we encountered in previous initiatives is that “one size does not fill all.” While Youth for Christ is providing some basic direction and a few curriculum pieces, Ministry Multiplier allows Youth for Christ nations to customize the process to meet the needs of their young leaders, and their national Youth for Christ ministry in their context.
NARROWER FOCUS: Ministry Multiplier is focused on a narrower slice of the Young Leader population in the Youth for Christ family. While previous young leader initiatives were appropriate for all young people in ministry, Ministry Multiplier is intended only for those young leaders who display great potential for multiplication of ministry. Ministry Multiplier is not for a young leader who’s primary gifting is being a great ministry practitioner. Ministry Multiplier is for the young leader who is gifted and motivated to expand ministry through articulating a compelling vision, developing strategic growth plans and equipping and managing others to carry out the vision. Ministry Multiplier is designed for the few young leaders in each nation who have the potential to take major national and international responsibilities in the Youth for Christ movement.
The focus on Ministry Multiplier does not mean that we do not value other young leaders who are gifted and called to be excellent ministry practitioners. National Youth for Christ programs have a responsibility to develop these young leaders (and all staff) through orientation programs, ministry skills training, bible and theology training, etc. The entire curriculum from the 2008 to 2010 Young Leader Development and Empowerment Process, the Youth for Christ Leadership Training Manual, and other Youth for Christ Training Resources are available through YFCWorld to assist nations in this important staff development responsibility.
EXPERIENTIALLY BASED: Ministry Multiplier is primarily an experienced based development process. 70% of the Ministry Multiplier process will be invested in visioning, planning and implementing a major ministry project or ministry goal. Only 30% of the process will be spent in “academic”, course-based training. The academic subjects are limited to: Spiritual Development, Mentoring, Strategic Development, and Multiplication of Ministry (through Developing People and Fundraising).
POTENTIAL FOR PROJECT FUNDING: Those enrolled in the Ministry Multiplier process are eligible to apply for a Global Launch grant through Youth for Christ International to provide seed money to launch their major ministry project or ministry goal (Projects and goals must be able to show ongoing sustainability once launched).
CERTIFICATE AVAILABLE: A Certificate of Completion from Youth for Christ International is available to Ministry Multipliers who complete the process.
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE MINISTRY MULTIPLIER AND VETERAN YOUTH FOR CHRIST LEADERS
The veteran leader (and the Youth for Christ leadership team) must make room for the Ministry Multiplier to lead. He or she must be given the responsibility and authority to lead in a significant aspect of the overall Youth for Christ ministry. This area of ministry is likely to be the major ministry project or ministry goal of the Ministry Multiplier process. Examples of areas where Ministry Multiplier can lead include establishing a new type of ministry outreach within the national Youth for Christ program, opening Youth for Christ ministry in a new city, or taking leadership of a department within the national Youth for Christ program.
It is vital that the veteran leader not just “hand over” the ministry and leave. The experience, wisdom, contacts and coaching skills of the veteran leader/coach are needed by both the Youth for Christ national ministry and by the Ministry Multiplier who is depending upon them for coaching, mentoring, advocacy and support as they strive to reach their ministry potential. National programs that have found how to balance the roles of young leaders and veteran leaders have experienced tremendous Kingdom growth and enhanced relationships within the Youth for Christ team. National Youth for Christ programs that undervalue the importance of either the young leader or the veteran leader are more likely to experience conflict within the team and stagnation in ministry development.
Veteran leaders developing young leaders and entrusting them with significant responsibility and authority is a very biblical principle. Jesus’ relationship with his disciples, Paul’s relationship with Timothy, and Barnabas’ relationship with Mark, all model the value and benefit of equipping younger leaders, and empowering them to lead, while remaining engaged in their lives to provide support and positive supervision.
NATIONAL YOUTH FOR CHRIST PROGRAM INVESTMENT INTO MINISTRY MULTIPLIER DEVELOPMENT
The point here is that the Youth for Christ national program needs to “own” the Ministry Multiplier process in their nation. If there is not vision for young leader development and a commitment to invest time and resources into it, the Ministry Multiplier process will not succeed in that nation. Without the continual development of young leaders at all levels, a national ministry is likely to experience decline in relevance and effectiveness in reaching the youth of its nation with the gospel.
Implementing the Ministry Multiplier process in a nation will require a heavy investment of time and energy on the part of senior leaders. A key senior leader must be committed to coach/mentor the Ministry Multiplier in his or her spiritual development, and in their major ministry project or goal. The senior leader must also invest time and energy in delivering the training aspect of the Ministry Multiplier process (curriculum provided by the International office) and interact with the Ministry Multiplier regarding how the material presented in the course training relates to their ministry project or goal.
The senior Youth for Christ leader who serves as the coach/mentor for a Ministry Multiplier should expect to spend at least 2 to 4 hours per week in the coach/mentor and training aspects of the Ministry Multiplier process. The Ministry Multiplier must be released to spend at least half of his/her time pursuing the major ministry project or goal and completing the academic requirements of the process. A ministry project or goal that can simply be “added on” to the Ministry Multiplier’s current Youth for Christ job responsibilities is not a large enough project or goal to warrant being part of the Ministry Multiplier process. If the ministry project or goal is as large as starting Youth for Christ in a new city, that should become the full-time role of the Ministry Multiplier as they work through the process.
ELEMENTS OF THE MINISTRY MULTIPLIER DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
The time frame for the Ministry Multiplier process is a minimum of one year, and a maximum of three years. The size and scope of the major ministry project or goal dictates that at least one year must be spent in this experiential learning process. Some ministry projects or goals may take more than a year to complete, so allowance is made for up to three years to complete the process.
Ministry Multiplier is an ongoing initiative, so the Ministry Multiplier can begin the process at any time. Once he or she enters the process the three-year clock begins ticking.
SELECTING A MINISTRY MULTIPLIER
Selecting young leaders with the right gifting and motivation for being a Ministry Multiplier is a key element for success in the Ministry Multiplier initiative. Sometimes we mistake strong direct ministry skills and passion for the ability to multiply ministry through others. When we do this, we unfairly set-up our best direct ministry performers for failure when we ask them to work through others in a multiplying leadership role.
Once the Ministry Multiplier in whom the National Youth for Christ program wants to invest has been identified (and they agree to enter the process), notify the International Office in Denver, giving the name and email address of both the Ministry Multiplier and the veteran coach/mentor using the Ministry Multiplier Enrollment Form.
A Ministry Multiplier Profile, and a Ministry Multiplier Enrollment Form are provided to help identify young staff people who have the potential to be a Ministry Multiplier, and to enroll them in the Ministry Multiplier process.
CHARTING THE COURSE FOR DEVELOPMENT OF THE MINISTRY MULTIPLIER
The first thing the Ministry Multiplier and coach/mentor will work on together is to chart the course for the development of the Ministry Multiplier. Before charting the course, it is important to do an inventory of the Ministry Multiplier to reveal how the Ministry Multiplier is “wired” by God in terms of gifts, interests and motivation, and to reveal areas of relative strength and weakness in both character development and skills development. Once the International office receives the Ministry Multiplier Enrollment Form, we will send links and instructions on how to access and use two evaluation tools to help with the process of identifying these important aspects of the Ministry Multiplier.
The Predictive Index is a tool that identifies how a person is “wired”. It also reveals how a person likes to approach managing and interacting with other people in the work environment. This tool gives the coach/mentor helpful information regarding how to best help the Ministry Multiplier reach his or her full potential in Youth for Christ ministry. An email with instructions and a link to the Predictive Index website will be sent to the Ministry Multiplier upon receipt of the Ministry Multiplier Enrollment Form.
The second tool is the “360 Leadership Assessment.” This is an on-line tool made available by Youth for Christ in Toronto, Canada. With this tool, the Ministry Multiplier rates themselves in several areas of character development and several areas of skills development. The coach/mentor, and two or three of the Ministry Multiplier’s friends and/or colleagues also rate the Ministry Multiplier in these areas. A report is generated showing how the Ministry Multiplier rates themself, and how others rate them. This reveals how self-aware the Ministry Multiplier is about their strengths and weaknesses, shows both positive and negative blind spots, and helps the Ministry Multiplier and coach/mentor set character development and skills development goals to be worked on through the Ministry Multiplier process.
Click here for instructions on how to access and use the ‘360 Leadership Assessment’ (coming soon)
A “Ministry Multiplier Development Plan and Outcomes Form” is provided to help the Ministry Multiplier and coach/mentor identify the desired outcomes in the life of the Ministry Multiplier through this process. This form is to be completed over several weeks as the Ministry Multiplier and coach/mentor work through the Predictive Index, the ‘360 Leadership Assessment’, and talk about the vision God is giving the Ministry Multiplier for the major ministry project. The form has the following sections:
- Articulate what the Ministry Multiplier can become through the Ministry Multiplier process – the “outcome” of this process
- Identify Character traits to be developed
- Identify skills to be developed.
- Identify the major ministry project or goal that will comprise 70% of this Ministry Multiplier process
MENTORING – A KEY LEADERSHIP SKILL
Mentoring is a key aspect of this process. All of the academic training components of the Ministry Multiplier process as well as the major ministry project or goal are to be done in the context of a coach/mentor relationship. We expect that the coach/mentor and Ministry Multiplier will meet at least two times per month throughout the process.
A Youth for Christ Mentoring Guide that provides great insights and helps for the coach/mentor as they invest in the life of the Ministry Multiplier is provided. The Mentoring Guide also provides outlines and handouts for 11 mentoring sessions on basic leadership principles. These sessions will get your mentoring relationship off to a good start, and will provide great leadership lessons for the Ministry Multiplier at the beginning of the process.
COACHING – A KEY LEADERSHIP SKILL
Coaching is another key leadership skill. Coaching is actually a sub-set of mentoring. A good mentor will use coaching in developing a young leader. Mentoring involves “pouring into” the young leader knowledge that the mentor possesses. Coaching involves “drawing out” inherent abilities of the coachee as a person uniquely gifted by God. Both coaching and mentoring are important in the development of the Ministry Multiplier.
The coaching relationship is an empowering relationship, not a “boss-subordinate” relationship. When coaching is done well, the Ministry Multiplier will view the relationship in these terms:
- They treated me as if I was an equal to them
- They listened to me and were interested in my opinion
- They gave me their full time and attention
- They challenged me
- They believed in me; they believed that I could
- They were fun and enthusiastic, and made me laugh
- I felt cared for, loved, supported, and safe with them
- They respected me
A Youth for Christ Coaching Guide that provides great insights and helps for the coach/mentor as they invest in the life of the Ministry Multiplier is provided.
Click here to view the Youth for Christ Coaching Guide (Coming Soon)
SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE MINISTRY MULTIPLIER
It is impossible to overstate the importance of the spiritual development of the Ministry Multiplier as they develop their skills and capacity. Many leaders have shipwrecked their ministries and lives when their skills exceeded their character.
We are requiring that every Ministry Multiplier be in an ongoing discipling/mentoring relationship throughout the entire Ministry Multiplier process. In most cases the veteran Youth for Christ coach/mentor will also fill this spiritual mentor role. However, if there is good reason, it is possible to have another mature believer fill this role in the Ministry Multiplier’s life. It is expected that the Ministry Multiplier and his/her spiritual coach/mentor will meet at least twice per month throughout the entire Ministry Multiplier process to work on strengthening the character and spiritual development of the Ministry Multiplier. The Ministry Multiplier and spiritual mentor are free to use any approach and any resources they choose for this process. Youth for Christ is making available a 6-month to 8-month spiritual development curriculum titled Heart Transformation for Kingdom Living for those who wish to use it. This curriculum has been used by the Youth for Christ staff in Denver and by many national Youth for Christ programs with good results.
MINISTRY PROJECT/GOAL FOR THE MINISTRY MULTIPLIER PROCESS
The major ministry project/goal is the focal point of the Ministry Multiplier process. We expect that 70% of the time invested in the Ministry Multiplier process will be spent visioning, planning and implementing this ministry project or goal. We want the coach/mentor to walk with the Ministry Multiplier as he/she receives a “ministry dream” from God, refines the vision, develops a strategy to accomplish the dream, then implements the strategy to see the ministry dream become a reality.
We have provided a Major Project/Goal Planning Template that takes the Ministry Multiplier through a process of:
- Clarifying and writing a vision Statement for the ministry project/goal
- Planning my strategy:
- Evaluating my dream (SWOT Analysis)
- Designing my Project (Setting goals)
- Building my team
- Promoting my dream
- Setting my budget
- Implementing my strategy
- Finish Strong
Click here to view the Major Project/Goal Planning Template (coming soon)
GLOBAL LAUNCH FUND
Young leaders enrolled in the Ministry Multiplier process are eligible to apply for a grant from Youth for Christ’s Global Launch Fund, if they need financial help in starting their ministry project/goal. However, the ministry project must be self-sustaining once it is established to qualify for a Global Launch grant.
STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT OF THE MINISTRY MULTIPLIER
For the Ministry Multiplier to move from being a good ministry practitioner to a ministry multiplier, her/she needs to have strategic planning and administration skills. Youth for Christ has two training modules to help the Ministry Multiplier develop in this area. These training modules are to be completed in conjunction with the major ministry project or goal, and should be worked through with the coach/mentor as the trainer. The Modules are:
- Ministry Planning – Dealing with short-term ministry planning
- Ministry Administration – Dealing with long-term strategic planning, and the administrative functions needed to make a ministry succeed.
MULTIPLICATION OF MINISTRY THROUGH THE MINISTRY MULTIPLIER
There are two additional skills a Ministry Multiplier needs to move from being a ministry practitioner to a multiplier of ministry. One is the ability to recruit and develop other people to carry out the ministry. The other is the ability to develop financial resources to fund the multiplication of ministry.
Youth for Christ provides two training tools to help the Ministry Multiplier recruit and develop people to multiply ministry:
The first is a training module titled “Staff and Volunteer Development.” This training module is to be completed in conjunction with the major ministry project or goal, and should be worked through with the coach/mentor as the trainer.
The second tool is coaching training. In recent years, Youth for Christ has placed a great emphasis on coaching. We believe coaching is the best way to help Youth for Christ Staff and volunteers reach higher levels of effectiveness. Youth for Christ, in partnership with CoachNet International, offers three levels of coaching training:
- Level 1 – The minimum level of coaching training required for a Ministry Multiplier is to read “Coaching 101”, the text used for the CoachNet training, and discuss it with your coach/mentor.
- Level 2 – Introduction to Coaching: This is an introduction to coaching delivered via a 2-day workshop after reading the book ‘Coaching 101’ by Robert E Logan.
- Level 3 – Becoming a Qualified Coach: Following the first 2-day workshop participants continue to have 9 sessions with a Coach/Trainer, learn about and join the CoachNet web site, coach 2 people under supervision for 6 months and do a 360-degree online assessment. They will have a further 2-day workshop, receive a 3rd book and create a personal development plan for the following 6 months. (There are costs associated with this training.)
- Level 4 – Remaining a Qualified Coach and passing it on; Multiplying coaches. To do this, the coach agrees to remain a member of CoachNet and continues to do 360 assessments every 12 to 18 months following their initial training. The coach also agrees to participate in helping others gain their coaching qualification. We recommend that the Ministry Multiplier engage in this 4th level of coaching training if at all possible. Completion of this process causes the Ministry Multiplier to be a “Certified CoachNet Coach”, an internationally recognized coaching credential.
To help the Ministry Multiplier obtain the necessary skills to develop the funding needed to multiply ministry, Youth for Christ provides a training module on Fundraising.
CROSS-CULTURAL EXPERIENCE FOR THE MINISTRY MULTIPLIER
The final element in the Ministry Multiplier process is a cross-cultural ministry experience. The Ministry Multiplier and his/her coach/mentor are free to choose what form this cross-cultural ministry experience will take. In most cases this will take the Ministry Multiplier to another country. However, it is possible to have a cross-cultural ministry experience in one’s own country by working with people displaced from another culture living in one’s own country, or working with people of another culture who permanently live within one’s nation. Some of the options include:
- Spending a month (or longer) working in and observing a Youth for Christ program in another nation.
- Attending an International Youth for Christ conference. This can be a General Assembly, an Area, or Regional conference, or simply accompanying the coach/mentor on an international assignment or to an international meeting of some type.
- Organize and run a Project Serve type of mission trip.
Click here to view the Planning a Mission Trip Guide, which gives start-to-finish, instructions, forms and resource materials to plan and execute a mission trip.
CHECKLIST AND COMPLETION FORM
We have provided and checklist to help the Ministry Multiplier and coach/mentor stay on track during the Ministry Multiplier process. We have also provided a Completion Form that is to be sent to the International office at the completion of the Ministry Multiplier process. Receipt of the Completion Form will generate a Certification of Completion for the successful Ministry Multiplier.