New Team Guide
- 1 Start a New Team or Ministry
- 1.1 Introduction and welcome
- 1.2 Rationale — Why must we start new teams?
- 1.3 Overview of how it may happen in YWAM England
- 1.4 What might the journey look like — include stories
- 1.4.1 Manual for Engagement
- 1.4.2 Extended Norwegian Model
- 1.4.3 Stage 0 — I'm a YWAMer
- 1.4.4 Stage 1 Eye on
- 126.96.36.199 0. Begin meeting with guide who will help you this entire process — as much or as little as you need. They can guide you through all the loop holes and help you jump through the hoops.
- 188.8.131.52 1. Choose a location
- 184.108.40.206 2. Decide what you will do
- 220.127.116.11 3. Get advice
- 18.104.22.168 4. Begin writing a Vision and Strategy Paper (VSP)
- 22.214.171.124 5. Intentional training
- 126.96.36.199 6. Look for a "Person of Peace"
- 1.4.5 Stage 2 — One Foot In
- 1.4.6 Stage 3 – Two Feet In
- 188.8.131.52 0. The Vision
- 184.108.40.206 1. Find a place to live, work and meet
- 220.127.116.11 2. Communication
- 18.104.22.168 3. Outworking of and engagement with YWAM DNA/values
- 22.214.171.124 4. Networking skills with pastors and church leaders and local leaders
- 126.96.36.199 5. Being a missional presence in a strategic location
- 188.8.131.52 6. Support in place
- 1.4.7 Stage 4 – Established and Looking to Multiply
- 1.5 Resources — people and paper
- 1.6 End Notes
Start a New Team or Ministry
And should include stories to illustrate the various points in this document. 1 Introduction and welcome 2 Rationale — Why start New Teams 3 Overview of how it may happen in YWAM England 4 What might the journey look like 5 Resources — People and Paper 6 End Notes
Introduction and welcome
We want to make it as easy as possible for new teams to start and be planted in England and beyond. Welcome to a guide to starting a new team. It's so exciting that you are dreaming of going somewhere new to share God's love with different people. You are probably feeling a mixture of emotions: excited, enthusiastic, daunted, challenged. Whether you are thinking about moving to a new location in the UK, somewhere in Europe or the ends of the earth, you need to think through and plan how you are going to build something that will last. This booklet will guide you as think and pray through all the different stages and processes involved. It may seem quite daunting. Remember you are not alone; there are other people to help you in this. We, as YWAM England, want to see you succeed. And furthermore, if God has said you can do it, you can do and you must do it. If God is with you, you can even do it without the help of anyone else. However, YWAM wants to help and this document outlines what help and support is available.
Whom is this document for?
Each and every one in YWAM England, particularly:
- YWAM team, ministry and base leaders
- people who believe God wants them to start a new team
- Each and every individual who is called or may be called to serve God in YWAM, including every DTS student who has come to explore the possibility of joining YWAM and being involved in the ministries of YWAM.
- Members of YWAM who give some or all of their time to guide YWAMers through the process of forming their team.
Rationale — Why must we start new teams?
It is a privilege to serve God and play a part in seeing His kingdom come. Several different perspectives persuades us that the key mechanism for seeing His kingdom reach into all the world is the massive multiplication of teams that will reach into every people group and every aspect of society.
I will bless you and you will be a blessing to all peoples. Genesis 12 Go into all the world and make disciples of all peoples. Matthew 28 Preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16 God's way of blessing all peoples is to send teams and ministries into each people group and near every person.
Loren Cunningham, founder of YWAM
Loren was asked about the future of YWAM. "What would I want to see? If everyone were able to do the will of God for their life, that would be the greatest thrill. Now what would be the outcome? I believe the outcome would be thousands and thousands and tens of thousands of new ministries, born, pioneered, started and released out to serve the world. So the outcome would be they would begin serving the Lord in a way that would change the world. so if I look back on YWAM a hundred years from now I would like to say they started a hundred thousand or hundreds of thousands of ministries and that to me would be the most fulfilling thing I could think about." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEQb-qAwP-U "Loren Cunningham talks YWAM" And recall the vision God gave to Loren about the waves of young people crashing onto all the continents and nations of the world.
Omega zones — We are committed to a project of seeing ministries active in each of the 4k zones around the world, particularly amongst the least reached. http://ywamkb.net/kb/index.php/4k-Project The YWAM's Global Leadership endorsed a paper of pioneering new teams saying "YWAM applauds the release of new pioneering efforts and challenges our staff to innovate and multiply in order to fulfil the Great Commission of Jesus Christ.Therefore, both the sending location and receiving location will welcome and facilitate pioneers to begin new YWAM ministries, allowing them to pursue their dreams and vision without unnecessary requirements or hindrances.Concretely, this means that every receiving entity must welcome the entry of new teams into their sphere; and every new team must begin developing relationships with the local YWAMers immediately upon arrival, or better yet, before." Pioneering New Ministries in YWAM was attached and added here1. http://ywamkb.net/kb/index.php/Pioneering_New_Ministries_in_YWAM
In YWAM England and Europe we are committed to seeing 1000 teams in Europe. The teams will be engaged in the whole range of outreach activities including church planting, pregnancy counselling, working with women, training and supporting churches in evangelism, children's work, cafe/restaurant outreach.... See the video, "YWAM Poised and on the Brink" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bjjp_paygEc&list=UU3qe0mcX_4LhvvKE-a-NoLw&index=28 Be good to have stories and examples here?
Multiplying new teams and ministries is not only the best way of reaching the billions of people with the gospel, it is the only way. There are millions of people in thousands of cities, towns and communities who will remain effectively isolated from the gospel until someone comes and initiates something new where they are. See the essay entitled "Why plant churches" by Tim Keller — http://ywamkb.net/kb/index.php/Why_Plant_Churches Humility suggests that we will be only one of the many many groups that take part, but we want to do all that God has for us!
Overview of how it may happen in YWAM England
Each and every person in YWAM might be led to start a new team or ministry, and, each base and team will also be continuously talking and praying about starting new teams and ministries. Within that context it is likely that each and every person will be praying and considering how they might start something new. The key to the whole process and the first thing to do once you believe you should start something new is to find one person within YWAM who will be a guide throughout the entire process of starting your new team. We will call them a guide but probably not a mentor. Your team/ministry leader should know who they might be, but if not, contact the national leader who will give you a list people you may choose from. In choosing your guide you should select someone whom you can trust and have confidence that they will be able to help you start the team/ministry you have in mind. Initially that guide may be on the same team as you. Your guide knows the process and where to turn to for help and support at every stage. They also know others with specialist skills and knowledge and can call upon them for help. Resources available, what YWAM has to offer, what we can do together?
- YWAM has some people available to guide a new team through all the stages of planning, preparing, operating and multiplying.
- There are also people with specialist knowledge who are available to contribute their expertise. Their knowledge and skills includes things like: working with women, working with children, church planting, evangelism, fund-raising, prayer....
- There is also a knowledgebase with an ever growing amount of information about every aspect of YWAM and ministry. Information on the knowledgebase helped YWAM Taunton to understand the history of YWAM in the South West of England, the challenges and successes and helped them to plan better as they pioneered in this area.
- And there are also YWAM's UofN training programs, such as Schools of Evangelism, Principles in Youth and Children's Ministry, School of Islamic Studies.
- Also look at http://ywamkb.net/kb/index.php/How_to_start_successful_new_teams#Team_Work and http://ywamkb.net/kb/index.php/Pioneering_New_Ministries_in_YWAM
What might the journey look like — include stories
Include overview of the new YWAM England and where the new team or ministry will fit within the multiplied charities. Formerly we used the first model below to help plan and strategise planting a new team — particularly in a pioneering location. The second model, called the "Extended Norwegian Model" is the one we are exploring. It tries to include much of what a team might go through, or perhaps a menu of things a team leader might draw from as they work toward starting and developing their team.
This is the model we have used previously to establish and multiply teams in pioneering cross-cultural settings. Where should our DTS/Impact team/King's Kids/Operation Year go on outreach? How can we multiply our efforts in evangelism? How can we ensure lasting fruit for our labours? These questions are asked and asked again each year on our teams and bases. Is there an answer? We believe there is and the answer is serious targeting; hearing from God a particular nation, city, or people group. The material in this unit is condensed from 'UNREACHED BUT NOT UNREACHABLE: A Manual for Engagement of Unreached Peoples in the Decade of the '90s.' (It has been called the 'Readers Digest Version'.) If we follow the guidelines in this section we will discover a way of maximising our skills, and resources. by Pari Rickard and Michael Cordich, Target 2000 Frontier Missions Office, Amsterdam2
Extended Norwegian Model
This is a long term plan in four stages.
stage title phase 0 I'm a YWAMer On a DTS or joined YWAM 1 Eye On Plan to start the team or ministry — beginning to focus on a specific location or ministry 2 One Foot In Beginning the team 3 Two Feet In Team up and running 4 Many Feet Out Established and looking to multiply team or ministry to another location
Becoming fully established in an area can take years and what follows is a guide to help you get there. This is only a guide and your journey may not happen in this order. This pack is written to help you, not to restrict or burden you. It is crucially important to hear from God and be praying every step of the way. If He has said nothing is insurmountable. But Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this isimpossible, but with God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26
Stage 0 — I'm a YWAMer
You may not be at the point where you have some confidence that God is wanting you to start a new team or ministry. You do sense that God wants you to be serving with YWAM but don't yet know what or where. Then try as many different things you can in YWAM and see what things God blesses and you love. And ask God to speak to you. Remember the purpose of a DTS — the 'standing on the map' thing. http://www.ywamkb.net/kb/index.php/Purpose_of_a_DTS
Stage 1 Eye on
Planning to start the team or ministry, outreaches being sent and connections being made This is the first stage; the praying, dreaming and strategising.
0. Begin meeting with guide who will help you this entire process — as much or as little as you need. They can guide you through all the loop holes and help you jump through the hoops.
1. Choose a location
This could be done in multiple ways. You may have been brought up there, you may have visited and it has stayed in your heart, you may have had someone suggest the idea and God was speaking to you through it. It is important to scout out the land. Go and have a look, get a feel for the place. Ask God to speak to you while you visit about His plan for that city/town/area. Write it down and keep a note of all that God says.
2. Decide what you will do
Where have you been? Where was your DTS? Has God given you specific areas of society to focus on? Is there a particular group of people you love and want to see God known among them? What are the needs you see? Ask God what He has for He wants to do in that city/area — what is YWAMs role or voice in that place? Hold it in prayer until it becomes real (inside you) that you can step naturally into it. Research what is already happening in that place as well as what has happened in the past. God speaks through this process. Find out what has happened previously in the area – what has YWAM done in the past (outreaches, youth events etc) and what involvement other missions organisations have had in the area. Try to find out about how the local churches work together, are they united? Are they open to others coming in? Have they experienced YWAM before?
3. Get advice
Consult early and broadly with wise council but particularly your local leaders/national leaders. Start with prayer, personally, in groups and in the location you want to go to. Get wider prayer cover. Nurture the vision in your spirit. Welcome input from others: pursue people that are more mature or have been where you are that you can learn from or glean wisdom from; visit other locations to help sharpen your own vision; welcome objective perspectives to what you are doing as well as constructive criticism from people you trust. If you feel God guiding you to start a new work and your team leader disagrees or it doesn't fit with the vision of your location, talk through your reasons and listen carefully. If you still want to pursue it, talk with the National Leader. It may be that your vision fits better with another team.
4. Begin writing a Vision and Strategy Paper (VSP)
http://ywamkb.net/kb/index.php/Vision_Statements Vision statements tend to develop gradually. eg a new team started in Northern Italy. The leaders spent half a day each week for most of a year with their guide to get to the point where it was clear what God was saying and where there were to start. Even then, when the team began, parts of the plan changed and grew and developed while other parts were pruned. The Vision Statement then is an ongoing developing document. So, as the plan develops as clearly as possible, lay out what God has said to you about what He is calling you to. What your vision is and how you are going to get there. Develop clear vision/mission statements and strategic processes, both for the short and long term. You need to be able to communicate the vision early on. Think and ask who you should go to if you find this difficult. [Again, stress the developing nature of the Vision Statement. It is not likely that the detail will be possible until the team has come together. So, it may be broad brushstrokes and what you feel God has said thus far.] Set goals — There are many different models for goal setting, eg SMART3. As much as you can at this early stage, develop broad goals but with specific steps. For the long term multiplication of the ministry, make sure you are always thinking beyond your location and not too internally — city — nation — world. Ask yourself, "How do I stay connected with YWAM's larger vision of the nation?" Each team's vision statement will look different. There are examples of VSP' from 2 teams given on the knowledgebase so that you can see what others have done. Work on your own vision and strategy; initially you may copy others but it will develop into your own vision. Once the team is up and running you should regularly sit together and talk and pray and review the vision to see how God is leading you to fulfil and grow it. http://ywamkb.net/kb/index.php/Vision_Statements
5. Intentional training
How do you get ready and what do you need to be ready? What skills are important as you start out? What is out there? There will be a clear temptation to learn the skills of leading a new YWAM team and overlook the need to learn ministry skills. Leading the team is one of those things that seems immediate and urgent, but there is little point starting a team if you don't have any skills in reaching out to people and minister to them. So, do you need to develop skills in evangelism, mercy ministries, pregnancy counselling, church planting, starting a business, minimum bookkeeping and administrative functions, fundraising? Think about doing a Leadership Training School or School of Frontier Missions to help you to prepare for your journey ahead. If you can't go yourself, spend time with someone who has so they can impart their knowledge and learning to you. Ask around and find out what is available both in and out of YWAM. Look for people you can learn from and glean all that you can from them. Over a couple of years we did a survey among hundreds of YWAMers in Europe and asked the question, "What skills were absolutely essential in starting your new team or ministry. This list (at the end of this guide) then is not just what we thing might be needed, but what was essential, what they needed to survive and then flourish as a team. Look at the list and consider how and when and where you might pick up the skills. Spend time with another team, do a YWAM school, go to university, adult education college, find a mentor....4
6. Look for a "Person of Peace"
Jesus sent the 72 disciples out in pairs. He instructed them to go. If they were received by a person who promotes peace, they were to stay with them. They would open the door for them to do fruitful ministry. 1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two-by-two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. 2 He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. 3 Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. 4 Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road. 5 "When you enter a house, first say, 'Peace to this house.' 6 If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. 7 Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house. Luke 10:1 — 5 NIV
Stage 2 — One Foot In
What are you doing at this stage? Planning, making connections, talking, visiting, praying, prayer walking, exploring, trying, experimenting, meeting local people, finding out the needs and opportunities. Looking at the skills that might be needed and how I could get them.... Look for a "Person of Peace". Keep looking for the people who will open doors for you. They may know lots of people in the town, they may know how 'things are done' in the town. They may be well connected with local government, local churches, money, resources etc. God has gone ahead of you to prepare the way for you. Just need to find out what He has done to prepare for you.
1. Write a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a supporting base/team.
The Memorandum of Understanding describes how the team will operate and how it will find its place within YWAM. It is important to have a strong partnership with a sending base or team. Accountability, spiritual and legal oversight and support are all key elements to this. Each MOU is specifically discussed, written and agreed with the new team and the sending team. There are examples from 2 teams given so you can get an idea of what to do. http://ywamkb.net/kb/index.php/Memorandums_of_Understanding Here are some points to get you started in the process. Goals What will your team do? What is God calling you to do? Where will you do it, how will you do it and what values are important to your team. Normally this will be worked on by the team as it forms. Accountability and Support The new team will be connect to the sending team by an agreed individual. And they will be connected in to YWAM England through the person who is supporting them (their guide). It may be the same person, they could be different people. Need a section here on how YWAM England and its daughter charities operate. This is important for the work that you are doing and on a personal level. It may be different people for different areas. This is especially important for areas such as your objectives, finances, spiritual life, moral standards. If you are going to a different nation, your sending nation might be defined more in terms of pastoral cover.... We recommend that the same person does not oversee you in your ministry and in your personal life. You will have a person that connects you into the bigger YWAM picture, you should have someone or someones whom you can honestly connect with and talk and pray through personal issues. Someone who can support you and help you focus on your team's task when your objectives are clear. Who should you liaise with? At least 2 of the following, but not just 5 and 6: 1. The English Leader Team or your guide who is part of that team. 2. Your charity's board 3. Regional leaders (sending nation but more importantly the nation they are in) See GLT notes (?? I think I found this!!??) 4. The sending base 5. Local leaders 6. Partners Spiritual Support
- we expect the sending/supporting team and the new team will pray for each other.
- share your burdens, struggles, concerns…with the people who are supporting you. If something is worrying you, talk about it.
- The partner base should cover the new team with legal & accounts covering until they become their own charity or join one of the other daughter charities. However, you will be responsible for personal legalities, eg. Employment status and tax returns.
- There is currently a liability insurance covering the whole of YWAM England. Each established team contribute to its cost.
- One of the key roles of your guide is to make sure your team is protected from all the red tape and bureaucracy that the sending base might put onto a new team which might be unnecessary. New teams don't want to be sucked into lots of pointless decision making policies. The guide is not your mum, you can talk to the sending team, but, they will help you think about what to say if you're not sure and will speak on your behalf if you aren't confident.
- How many visits does your team need from your guide, your sending bases support person? Monthly, quarterly? Actual visits or phone calls/emails? You should know who is out there committed to help you. In the early stages a visit every 4 — 6 weeks works well. As the team is established it may stretch out a bit longer. The support will be predominantly listening as you talk through what you are doing, the good and the bad. Most of the answers you will come up with yourself. And then prayer.
- Make the most of the network meetings. They are there for mutual support. Your sending team will love you and support you but may not have the expertise and experience you need. You will find that you have learned things yourself that others in the network will find essential and frankly, fantastic and lifesaving.
- Your support person needs to be the right person. They must know what they are talking about, be available and you must have confidence in them.
- A two-year commitment to support you is ideal and with a willingness to continue.6
Anything else you think is relevant. This is a mutual agreement from both sides, decided through discussion.
2. Find/recruit team members
Now that you have a vision, you can start talking about it and describing it to others. Share what you are excited about with friends, DTS students, SOE and other YWAM school students, and anyone interested. Friends from your own DTS, from home, university friends.... Use social media and the internet. One of the best places to recruit is from your sending team — consider taking some of them with you. We believe in generosity! We strongly recommend that you pioneer a new ministry with at least one other person (other than a husband/wife) so that you can make decisions together, pray through issues and be a support for one another when times are difficult. Know what your gaps are, try to think through what roles need to be filled and pray to God for Him to send people across your path to meet those needs. Time commitments preferably would be a minimum of a 2 year commitment, with a willingness to continue. It takes time to build something in a new place and if possible you don't want your team to change too quickly. YWAM England has agreed that people can join your team without having done a DTS. Either you will find a way of giving them a DTS in your team, or after a year or so they should do a DTS somewhere and then rejoin you. There are some terrific smaller and longer DTSs hosted by YWAM teams around the country. Essentially the students join your team, get involved in the ministry you are doing and get a DTS over the course of 9 — 12 months. It is worthwhile at this stage chatting to the teams in Wrexham, Carlisle or York who all do this. The greatest benefit of this idea is that the YWAM team doesn't have to stop the ministry to run the DTS.
3. Network with people in the location
Visit and get to know people. (Remember the "person of peace") Plough the ground, invest time and begin relationships. If you have had a regular involvement for a year beforehand, when you move you are already there. If proximity to that place is harder in terms of distance, then look for summer service opportunities or projects to support once in a while. Take short term teams; bless the local people, local charities and churches.
Raise some money for you, team members and team ministry. Accounts are easier to keep on top of if you do it as you go. Here is a basic template of an excel sheet you can use. Keep all receipts and show what your expense was used for. YWAM have people who are good at helping people to raise money and we know some very good resources. http://www.ywamkb.net/kb/index.php/Fund_raising
Stage 3 – Two Feet In
Team is beginning to come together, ministry is beginning, facilities found. It's also possible that the leaders of the team are in the city but not yet all the team. May be hosting visiting teams but nothing permanent yet. This is the exciting point of actually moving to your new location and getting down to work.
0. The Vision
The vision will become clearer as you begin to set up the team and ministry. Until now, the vision is more based on faith. Putting it into practice is when God really confirms which parts of the vision are spot on and which are more speculative.
1. Find a place to live, work and meet
Make a list of what you need and the most accurate budget you can — how many people, cost, accommodation, space/meeting room. Have faith and believe that God provides for all your needs and more. Ask Him where you should look and what He wants to provide for you and your team. [Tell stories here] http://www.ywamkb.net/kb/index.php/How_to_find_a_building
There are so many different ways of communicating today. Take initiative and be creative. Don't expect others to do it for you. Always be ready to give people information about what you are doing when they ask – bearing in mind that not everyone has the time to hear all you have to say so carry around something that briefly describes what you are hoping to do and your contact details. Within your team, keep communications flowing regularly. Meet regularly (at least once a week initially) to pray, to sharpen each other, eat together, communicate and minister to one another. Have a centre point for internal communication like a whiteboard or a pin board. Always be inclusive; cc people on emails, make sure married couples are kept in the loop for example the wife/mum who might not be in the meeting. Include everyone in team decision making as well. [Next year they might be leading their own team so important to be always thinking of including everyone so they can learn.] In YWAM, keep connecting to regional leaders and sending base, and enable a good flow from upper to lower levels. Use existing YWAM resources. Look at EUROCOM COMPACK tool http://www.ywamkb.net/kb/index.php/EuroCom. Find like minded people to sharpen one another, link into existing networks. Perhaps link with other teams nearby to pray with and cross pollinate with. It is healthy to regularly visit other bases and cross pollinate with ministries/outreach elsewhere. To the world, use social networking sites, email your news regularly. Put time aside to plan what a website, blog or other media might include. This process helps you to refine that way you describe the vision and what you hope to do. This also helps you to direct people to more detailed information, allows you to print it off for people who ask and is a great way to recruit staff, volunteers or students. YWAM Taunton spent time visiting DTS gatherings and the wider YWAM community however they have recruited all of their staff volunteers and interns through their website.
3. Outworking of and engagement with YWAM DNA/values
Being a small team means you need to think about your key values and DNA and how you carry and outwork YWAM Values and DNA. These should be expressed in your MOU. See the YWAM Foundational Values. http://www.ywamkb.net/kb/index.php/YWAM_Foundational_Values. Having to be in non-Christian environments everyday forces you to pray more. New teams shouldn't recreate their mother base in miniature form. Think about supporting other bases in certain projects; go and pray for other bases. Talk about the YWAM values and how we are living them out. How can we, as a team, work on this? Attend big YWAM gatherings such as conferences or prayer gatherings, to be in the midst of the heart of YWAM, particularly the YWAM England Gathering for all staff, families and trainees (the Annual General Meeting is also held at this time). Get ongoing support and coaching from others in YWAM (particularly a new YWAM centre/location). Get in guest speakers to bring God' word, challenge and inspire. Having relational support and regular visits make you feel connected to the wider vision. National leadership forums are worthwhile to strategise, communicate and seek God together. Enjoy the network get togethers. As a new team you should consider the New Teams Network but you are also welcome to be a part of any of them and there will likely be new ones in the future.
4. Networking skills with pastors and church leaders and local leaders
This is a skill to learn. Recall that starting a new team needs the development of lots of skills, only some of them are leading your team — the rest, and possibly the most important skills are those which we use to reach out with the gospel. This process hopefully has started already in Stage 1 and 2 as you develop relationship with the city before you go. We cannot ignore relationships with local churches in a given location. Even if it' just open communication, that' better than silence. Introduce yourself to local pastors It is really important to ask the question: ' are the potential partnerships for ministry?' ' can we serve you (training, serving, support, projects?' ' can we help them (churches) grow?' However, don' make promises you can' follow through on. Will they make space for you? Make sure they have understood what you have said!! You are not moving to do your thing; you want to link into and strengthen what is already spiritually happening in that area, although you may be doing something different practically. If you are going to a closed country this may be more difficult. Ask God to give you a person of peace and the right connections.
5. Being a missional presence in a strategic location
What is missional presence? — Missional presence is more than doing outreach once a week on a Friday. It might not be daily but maybe it should be. What are the needs of your community, how are they being met or not met? What partnerships are available with church, organisations and government? Do the local churches have combined prayer or worship sessions? Can you help to support them? Show the gospel at all times through lifestyle but also look for the gaps. No one will be threatened by you focussing on places no one else wants to be, eg church for drug addicts. Having a focus on the 10/40 window is great but should this be at the cost of local outreach? If a new team is preparing to move to somewhere in Africa in 2 years, where will they get their training? Are there people groups in your community they can get to know? To illustrate, if a city has a population of over 100,000, does it have a university? What' your proximity to city centre? Ease of transportation? Nearness to other local ministries? Church planting opportunities? Define strategic locations – it might be subjective…… centred, got a wider voice, access to other nations, arts centre, business, gay centre. This is not saying that one city is more important than another in terms of the lost but more about what locations are important in encouraging multipliable models and future growth. Do regular evangelism in the area, creative and varied. Work with local churches. Aim towards having a voice of influence both within the church but also in society. We want to be light in the darkness and bear fruit in the Kingdom. Avoid unnecessary duplication. Have a regular and strategic prayer/intercessory presence: 24-7 prayer rooms, prayer walking. Try to have access to intentional basic and perhaps ongoing evangelism training. This might be in-house or getting it from somewhere else. Create a ' practice' environment that is small group based — regularly thinking about what you doing, how they are doing, how to improve etc. Include mentoring relationships. Perhaps it is helpful for DTS' and other staff of larger training bases to go and visit other YWAM locations to see what they are doing and share good practice. You don' have to focus on just one project or ministry, a small team can have a surprising amount of hands in different pies as well as utilising non YWAM volunteers (such as local youth workers or ex YWAMers). Think through theologically why YWAM should be present in a location in terms of missions and evangelism. You will learn how to persevere, how to be determined, persistent, indomitable, and how keep on going when it gets tough.
6. Support in place
You should have an ability to create your own personal support network. Develop a supporters network, both prayer and finance, with regular newsletters.
Stage 4 – Established and Looking to Multiply
This is when you are recognised both inside and outside YWAM as a ministry in your area and you are looking to multiply the team or ministry into another location. At the beginning you should think about making yourself redundant at some point or no multiplication will take place. From the very beginning should be thinking of how others could do what you are doing.
1. Responsibilities of a team leader
There are various significant areas that must be covered by the team leader or someone else in the leadership team.
- Fulfil the responsibilities of a leader as described in Matt 20:25-28, Mark 10:42-45, Luke 22:25-27, Acts 20:28-35, Galatians 6:1-5, 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, and 1 Peter 5:1-10.
- Communicate the vision and values of YWAM International by example and proclamation.
- Seek the Lord as a priority in order to understand, communicate and plan vision for your location in cooperation with other leaders.
- Reach the lost in your area, nationally and beyond.
- Participate in going and sending others into all the world in keeping with the Great Commission.
- Build relationships, to network and cooperate with other organisations and churches in your area and beyond.
- Pastorally care for your staff/trainees and encourage a love of the Bible.
- Encourage skills, growth and leadership capacity of your team, and nation.
- Ensure and encourage that regular fellowship, pastoral care and accountability is maintained within your area of influence and generally within all of YWAM England, or where you are.
2. Legal Responsibilities
It is a legal requirement to have policies on Protection for Children and Vulnerable Adults, Privacy (what else). Make sure you have a copy of these for your location. Every staff member must be registered as self employed and do tax returns if here for longer than 6 months. Everyone working with children or vulnerable adults must have a police check (CRB). (is this now called something else?) If you have questions, ask — it's important to get this right.
3. New Staff Applying
Up until this point your team member's applications will have been processed together with your supporting base, so you will have some understanding of the process. You should use existing application forms. Ask the personnel person at your sending base for copies and advice on this process. Have a copy of and follow the Personnel Procedures Document (purple folder) and Visa Information Document.
4. Helpful contacts (do we want names here or generic emails in case of people moving on?)
Some of these will change as time goes by but at the moment of writing: Visas – firstname.lastname@example.org Self Employment and Tax Help – Anne Sloan Personnel – Emma Lambert/Anne Sloan National Operations (legal, financial) – Dale Lambert CRB – Sandi Hobbs U of N Office for registering schools — email@example.com Communications – Nic Barella in York, Natalie Edwards in Harpenden
5. Sharing knowledge and experience
There are many different ways to share your lessons, experiences and vision. Here are a few:
- The Knowledge Base www.ywamkb.net has a wealth of information that you can use and add to.
- The Advance Magazine is distributed to supporters, friends and members of YWAM England bimonthly and is regularly looking for articles.
- www.incarnationalgraffitti.com is a YWAM blog site aimed at provoking creativity, missional thinking, dialogue and spirituality – engaging in an urban Europe
- Social networking is quick and has easy ways of sharing what you are up to.
6. Becoming a separate charity.
Once you have become a fully established team/location, you may start looking into becoming your own charity. Your support people will help you think through this. There is plenty of information to help you in this process, so much so it will appear on the knowledgebase. Well done for getting this far. May God bless you in your adventures into knowing Him more and making Him known in the process. Make yourself redundant or no multiplication has taken place.
Resources — people and paper
YWAM has specialist people and written resources available.
- There are people who can give general guidance, help and support for an extended period
- And specialists in areas such as children's work, working with women, church planting, book keeping....