Networking

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What is Networking?

A network by definition is a group or system of interconnected people or things. In this case it is a collaborative effort of a group of youth pastors/leaders in a geographic community who are interconnected in order to make a greater impact on youth for the gospel.

Why we network

John 17 – Jesus prays to God about himself, his disciples and us. In vs. 20 & 21, he prays that his people will come together in unity for others to come to him (that’s evangelism). 

Now is the time for us to work together in the body of Christ, to be a church unified in sharing God’s love to the world around us. Networking is one of the best ways to accomplish the vision of reaching every teen across Canada.

Youth Ministry can sometimes be lonely and isolating. I love my youth network because it allows me to connect with people that understand my struggles, but who also can celebrate and share my victories. It’s a place I can go to ask for prayer. It’s about praying for others and celebrating their victories. My Youth Network has helped Youth Ministry not seem so isolating because there are others who understand the work we do.

Amanda Patterson

how to Networking

1. Build trust around a common Vision…

PARTNER (Develop Commitment)

  • Plan a specific time to come together
  • Worship, Prayer, Serving, Evangelism

PRAYER & SHARING (Develop Relationships)

  • Pray for God to develop a common vision
  • Share struggles, achievements, dreams

PURPOSE (Determine Vision)

  • Should reflect Great Commandment & Commission
  • Should value unity

2. Plan around a common vision

KEY ELEMENTS OF HEALTHY NETWORKS

  • Leadership development
  • Worship, Prayer, Serving, Evangelism

RECOGNIZE STRENGTHS/WEAKNESSES

  • Individual, church, network
  • Identify ways to impact local community/schools

DRAFT PLANS TO MAKE IT HAPPEN

  • Specific Events
  • Calendar Year (church and network)

3. Implement a Common Vision

“DO IT”  BY IMPLEMENTING THE PLANS

  • Follow-up
  • Evaluate
  • Refine and do it again…

4. Guide others in the Phases of Networking

IDENTIFY OTHER COMMUNITIES FOR NETWORKING

  • Build relationships with the leaders
  • Facilitate planning through the PHASES of Networking
  • Coach the implementation
  • Mentor new Network Coordinators

Agincourt

Calgary

Winnipeg

Vancouver

Kanata

Guelph

Stouffville

Waterloo

North Bay

Ajax / Pickering (APYN)

Barrie

Belleville

Brockville

Burlington

Cambridge

Cobourg

Durham Region

Markham / Stouffville

Peterborough

Kingston

Oshawa / Whitby (DEYN)

Scarborough (DOXA)

Aurora / Newmarket / Bradford / Georgia (SLYN)

Toronto

Willowdale

Etobicoke

Brampton

Hamilton

St.Catharines / Niagara Falls

Cambridge / Kitchener / Waterloo

Elmira

London

Sarnia

Windsor

Montreal

Richmond Hill

Sudbury

Napanee

Ottawa

Join a Youth Network

Looking for a youth network to join? Browse our map above. 

“The Canadian Youth Network not only cares for the youth in this country, but also sincerely cares for the youth pastors, directors and workers throughout Canada. The heart that CYN has  for these youth workers are clearly on display as they are willing to help these leaders lead this next generation to experience Christ. When you connect with the Canadian Youth Network, you become part of a bigger vision beyond just yourself and your church.”
Mike Gordon

Itinerant Preacher, Youth for Christ Canada

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