You need a very cool, interactive student website. This is one of the primary ways you can communicate with parents and teens and provide a centralized place to share videos, photos, blogs, forms, music, discussion guides for small groups, announcements, calendars, twitter feeds, and facebook links, and much more.
It seems like youth ministry is one event after another. Whether it's a party, mission trip, youth conference, retreat, worship service, ski trip, dinner or concert, you need a good way to create the event, promote it, allow people to sign up for it online, maybe check-in people when the event starts and then follow up with attenders after the event.
You need powerful mass communication tools like email, texting, iPhone app, Twitter, Facebook, automated calling and even postal mailing so that you can connect with students, parents, volunteer leaders and even the whole church sometimes.
You need a system for managing your adult volunteers because they are the backbone of your ministry. You need help recruiting, qualifying, training and scheduling them.
You need all of the above to be integrated with the main church database so that whenever a parent updates their contact info online in the church portal, you get it.
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