North Central Ohio District Church of the Nazarene
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
n a z a r e n e y o u t h i n t e r n a t i o n a l
NORTH CENTRAL OHIO
EVents & Opportunities
2015-2016 NCO NYI COUNCIL
(elected and APpointed)
President-(2017) Craig Michael Lamos (Ashtabula First), 1820 S. Ridge W., Ashtabula, OH 44004 (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; 703-328-1464)
Vice-President-(2017) Paul M. Dennis (Mount Vernon Lakeholm), 202 Lakeview Hts. Dr., Howard, OH 43028 (E-mail: email@example.com; 330-206-2792)
Secretary-(2016) Judy Sommers (Sandusky Community), 1617 Milan Rd., Sandusky, OH 44870 (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; 419-625-0804)
Stephen Banks (Cleveland Richmond Heights), 499 Trebisky Rd., Richmond Heights, OH 44143 (E-mail: email@example.com; 216-926-4208)
Kyle James Lanham (Marion First), 1371 Hickory Dr., Marion, OH 43302 (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; 937-641-9064)
Terry McConnell (Mount Gilead Fresh Faith), 2899 Twp. Rd. 20, Cardington, OH 43315 (E-mail: email@example.com; 614-560-5735)
Lisa Walchle (Mount Vernon First), 13057 Gilchrist Rd., Mount Vernon, OH 43050 (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org;740-485-1207)
Youth Representatives At-Large:
Aubrey Bailey (Wooster) (E-mail: email@example.com; 330-466-9290)
Curtis Bean (Sunbury) (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; 740-816-8930)
A.C. Blue (Sandusky) (E-mail: Bobbosupt95@bex.net; 419.515.2297)
Riley Brown (Marion First) (740-244-0106)
William Browning (Mount Vernon New Life) (E-mail: email@example.com; 740-507-0708)
Cody McNichols (Mount Vernon New Life) (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; 740-485-4201)
Olivia Reich (MV New Life) (E-mail: email@example.com; 740-507-3215)
NYI Bible Quiz Coord.-Sandra Davila (Mount Vernon Lakeholm), 111 Highland Dr., Mount Vernon, OH 43050 (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; 740-390-0533)
Campmeeting Coord.-Ken Overly ((Eastlake) Willo-Lake), 7698 Miami Rd., Mentor-on-the-Lake, OH 44060 (E-mail: email@example.com; 440-209-8121)
Impact Team Coord.-Melissa Martin (Mount Vernon New Life), 48 Gideon Ct., Howard, OH 43028 (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; 740-610-5881)
BLAST Coord.-Stephen K. Zirkle (Westlake Parkside), 23600 Hilliard Blvd., Westlake, OH 44145 (E-mail: email@example.com; 440-799-5947)
Camp Coord.-Jeremy Stasiowski (Wooster), 3100 Oak Hill Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; 330-345-6351)MVNU Admissions-Rachel Elder (MVNU), 800 Martinsburg Rd., Mount Vernon OH 43050 (E-mail: Rachel.Elder@mvnu.edu; 740-397-9000)
Nazarene Youth International
"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity." 1 Timothy 4:12
I. Our Mission
The mission of Nazarene Youth International is to call our generation to a dynamic life in Christ.
II. Our Members
Membership in Nazarene Youth International includes all persons participating in Nazarene youth ministry who choose to embrace our stated vision and values.
III. Our Vision
The Church of the Nazarene believes that young people are an integral part of the Church. Nazarene Youth International exists to lead young people into a lifelong relationship with Jesus Christ and to facilitate their growth as disciples for Christian service.
IV. Our Values
We value Young People … significant in the kingdom of God.
We value the Bible … God's unchanging truth for our lives.
We value Prayer … vital interactive communication with our heavenly father.
We value the Church … a global holiness community of faith, diverse in culture but one in Christ.
We value Worship … life-changing encounters with an intimate God.
We value Discipleship … a lifestyle of becoming like Christ.
We value Community … building relationships that help bind us together and to God.
We value Ministry…extending God's grace to our world.
We value Witness … sharing God’s love in word and deed.
We value Holiness . . . a work of grace whereby God, through the working of His Holy Spirit, enables us to live a life representing Christ in who we are and in everything we do.
These values are important dimensions of the holy life and are to be reflected in the life and ministry of NYI at every level of the church. (Please refer to the “Articles of Faith” in the Manual of the Church of the Nazarene for more information on these values.) In reflecting these values, we acknowledge the following Guiding Principles.
V. Our Guiding Principles
· NYI exists for youth.
Nazarene Youth International exists to attract, equip, and empower young people for service in the kingdom of God and to facilitate their integration into the Church of the Nazarene.
· NYI focuses on Christ.
Christ is central to who we are, the Word of God our authoritative source for all we do, and holiness our pattern for life.
· NYI is built on relational ministry to youth in the local church.
Effective ministry to young people in the local church is critical to the health and vibrancy of NYI. Relationships and incarnational ministry form the foundation for Nazarene youth ministry, guiding young people toward spiritual maturity in Christ.
· NYI develops and mentors young leaders.
NYI provides opportunities for emerging leaders to develop and utilize their gifts within an environment of nurture and support, assuring strong leadership for the Church of the Nazarene. Leadership training, accountability, and mechanisms for evaluation and modification of ministry are vital functions of NYI.
· NYI is empowered to lead.
Relevant youth ministry requires that responsibility for ministry and organizational decisions reside with NYI leadership and the appropriate governing bodies at every level. A sense of belonging and ownership, a passion for service, and input in decision-making are key ingredients for the empowerment of young people through NYI.
· NYI embraces unity and diversity in Christ.
NYI is committed to understanding and celebrating differences and diversity in language, color, race, culture, socioeconomic class, and gender. Our differences do not diminish unity but enhance our potential and effectiveness. Sharing the good news of Jesus Christ in culturally relevant ways must always be a high priority.
· NYI creates networks and partnerships.
A climate of cooperation characterizes our relationships at every level of NYI. Networking within the church enhances the development and deployment of young people for service; NYI actively participates in such cooperative endeavors.
VI. Our Ministry Framework
The Nazarene Youth International Charter provides the foundation for organizing, planning, and implementing youth ministry at every level of the Church of the Nazarene. Standard ministry plans are provided that local, district, and regional NYI groups are encouraged to adapt in response to youth ministry needs in their own ministry situation. Ministry plans at every level must be consistent with the NYI Charter and the Manual of the Church of the Nazarene.
The NYI Charter may be amended through resolutions approved by the Global NYI Convention, according to the Global Ministry Plan.
Nazarene Youth International
DISTRICT MINISTRY PLAN
North Central Ohio District
I. Membership, Ministry Focus, and Mission Statement
Section 1 - Composition and Accountability
1. All local NYI groups and members of NYI within the boundaries of the North Central Ohio district form the NCO district Nazarene Youth International.
2. The NCO district NYI is accountable to its membership, the NCO district superintendent, and the NCO District Advisory Board.
3. The NCO district NYI reports annually to the NCO District NYI Convention and the NCO District Assembly through the NCO district NYI president.
Section 2 - Ministry Focus
1. The ministry focus of the NCO district NYI is to youth grades seven through twelve, college/university students, and young adults through age 23. A NCO District NYI Council may modify the ministry focus as seen fit, with the approval of the district superintendent and NCO District Advisory Board.
2. For the purposes of representation and programming, the NCO District NYI Council may establish age divisions according to youth ministry needs on the district.
Section 3 – Mission Statement
Section 1 - Officers
1. The officers of the NCO district NYI are the president, vice president, and secretary.
2. NCO district NYI officers must be members of a local Church of the Nazarene within the bounds of the NCO district, be active in local and district youth ministry, and be viewed as leaders in personal example and ministry.
3. NCO district NYI officers serve without salary. Financing for the administrative expenses of the district NYI officers is allocated as a part of the district NYI budget.
Section 2 - Elections
1. NCO district NYI officers are elected by the District NYI Convention to serve for a two-year term, from the close of the convention until their successors are elected and assume their ministry roles.
2. The NCO district NYI Council, including the district superintendent, serves as a Nominating Committee to nominate the officers of the district NYI to be elected at the upcoming district NYI Convention. All nominees must be approved by the district superintendent.
3. Officers are then elected by ballot at the annual NCO NYI Convention. The president will be elected by majority vote; other officers will be elected by plurality vote. When there is only one nominee for a position, a “yes” and “no” ballot is used, with approval by two-thirds majority vote.
4. An incumbent officer may be reelected by a “yes” or “no” vote when such vote is recommended by the NCO district NYI Council, with the approval of the district superintendent and two-thirds majority vote of the District NYI Convention.
5. A vacancy occurs when an officer moves his/her local church membership from the NCO district, resigns, or is removed from office by two-thirds majority vote of the council due to neglect of duties or inappropriate conduct. Should a vacancy occur in the office of district NYI president, the vice-president assumes the responsibilities of president until the next District NYI Convention. Should a vacancy occur among other officers, the District NYI Council fills the vacancy by two-thirds majority vote if there is one nominee or by majority vote if two or more nominees.
Section 3 – Responsibilities (review to see if any items need to change)
1. The responsibilities of the NCO district NYI president include:
a. Giving leadership and direction to district NYI, working in cooperation with NYI and district leadership.
b. Chairing the District NYI Council to cast a vision for youth ministry on the district.
c. Facilitating the development of youth ministry on the district and working with the District NYI Council to define the district NYI ministry focus according to needs.
d. Presiding at the District NYI Convention.
e. Encouraging the development of NYI ministry in each local church within the district.
f. Representing the interests of NYI on all appropriate district boards and committees.
g. Submitting an annual report to the District NYI Convention and District Assembly.
h. Presenting an annual budget to the District Finance Committee (or appropriate district body) and to the District NYI Convention for approval.
i. Serving as a delegate to the Global NYI Convention. Should the president be unable to attend, a representative elected by the District NYI Council and approved by district superintendent and district advisory board may provide alternate representation.
j. Serving as a member of the Regional NYI Council.
2. The responsibilities of the NCO district NYI vice president include:
a. Cooperating with the president in every way possible to carry out effective youth ministry on the district.
b. Performing the duties of the president in his/her absence.
c. Carrying out other duties as assigned by the District NYI Council and Convention.
d. In case of a vacancy in the office of district NYI president, fulfilling the functions of president until a successor is elected and installed.
3. The responsibilities of the NCO district NYI secretary include:
a. Keeping a correct record of all the proceedings of the District NYI Council, the Executive Committee, and the District NYI Convention.
b. Attending to all matters of correspondence for the district NYI.
c. Notifying the global NYI Office and regional NYI president of the names and addresses of the various district NYI officers and ministry directors as soon as possible after election.
d. Carrying out other duties as assigned by the District NYI Council and Convention.
4. The responsibilities of the NYI district NYI treasurer are fulfilled by the district office and include:
a. Disbursing, receiving, and keeping record of district NYI funds.
b. Compiling an annual financial report of all moneys raised and disbursed to submit to the annual District NYI Convention.
c. Working with the president to create an annual budget to present to the appropriate bodies.
5. Other responsibilities may be assigned to officers according to district youth ministry needs.
Section 4 - Paid Staff
1. If the NCO district employs a youth pastor, the district superintendent, in consultation with the District Advisory Board and District NYI Council, will assign the responsibility for the district NYI to the district youth pastor. In that case, the district youth pastor will carry out some of the duties otherwise designated to a district NYI president. However, the importance of the district NYI president remains, in providing additional leadership, support, and representation for district youth ministry. The District NYI Council and district superintendent will work together to define the roles and responsibilities of the two positions and how they will work together for the benefit of the district youth ministry.
2. A district youth pastor may not serve as the district NYI president.
3. The district youth pastor serves ex officio on the District NYI Council, the Executive Committee, and the District NYI Nominating Committee.
4. The district youth pastor may serve as the district superintendent's designee for NYI-related responsibilities.
Section 1 - Composition
1. The District NYI Council is composed of the officers of the district NYI, other elected or appointed youth members-at-large and ministry leaders as deemed necessary by the council), and the district superintendent and/or district youth pastor.
2. District NYI Council members must be members of a local Church of the Nazarene within the bounds of the district at the time of their election, be active in local and district youth ministry, and be viewed as leaders in personal example and ministry.
Section 2 - Elections
1. The NCO district NYI Executive Committee annually appoints district NYI members to serve on the NCO District NYI Council for the following year as ministry directors and adult zone representatives, with the approval of the NCO District NYI Council.
2. Six age level representatives from within the ministry focus shall be elected annually to serve on the council. The NCO District NYI Council nominates district NYI members to be elected as age level representatives at the NCO District NYI Convention by plurality vote for the following year. No age level representative shall serve more than two consecutive years.
3. A vacancy occurs when a council member moves his/her membership off of the district, resigns, or is removed from office by the council by two-thirds majority vote due to neglect of duties or inappropriate conduct. Should a vacancy occur among council members, the District NYI Council fills the vacancy by two-thirds majority vote if there is one nominee or by majority vote if two or more nominees.
Section 3 - Responsibilities
1. The District NYI Council is responsible for planning and organizing the total ministry for youth within the district and, through its officers and directors, initiates and directs ministries and activities to reach young people for Christ and to respond to their spiritual growth needs, in harmony with district leadership.
2. The District NYI Council defines the ministry focus of district NYI in response to district youth ministry needs and develops and assigns titles and responsibilities for district NYI ministry directors.
3. The District NYI Council encourages and equips local churches across the district for effective youth ministry.
4. The District NYI Council gives leadership to the youth area of the district Sunday School by promoting growth in enrollment and attendance for youth and by providing training for youth Sunday School teachers and leaders in cooperation with the District Sunday School Ministries Board.
5. The District NYI Council promotes regional and global NYI ministries and programs to local NYI groups.
6. The District NYI Council makes recommendations to the District NYI Convention concerning the ministry of NYI. The convention may revise these recommendations prior to adoption.
7. The District NYI Council establishes and communicates the process for amending the district ministry plan.
Section 4 - Committees
1. The NYI Executive Committee consists of the three elected district NYI officers, the district superintendent and/or district youth pastor, and two council members elected by plurality at the NCO District NYI Council at its first meeting. All actions of the Executive Committee are communicated to the remaining members of the council and are subject to the approval of the entire council at its next meeting.
2. The District NYI Council may establish specific ministry or age division committees in response to district youth ministry needs.
Section 5 - Zone NYI
1. In cooperation with district leadership, the District NYI Council authorizes various zones within the existing structure of the district to organize for leadership of NYI, in order to coordinate and maximize NYI ministry across the district.
2. A zone NYI council may be created to have responsibility for specific ministries and activities on the zone.
3. The representative from each zone serving on the District NYI Council may be assigned leadership of zone NYI ministries.
Section 6 - Paid Staff
1. If the district superintendent designates the responsibilities of a district youth pastor, it must be done in consultation with the NCO District Advisory Board and NCO District NYI Council.
2. The NCO District NYI Council and district youth pastor would work in cooperation and harmony with each other.
Section 1 – District NYI Meetings
1. A variety of district NYI gatherings help provide effective ministry to young people.
2. The district NYI also encourages and enhances local NYI ministry by meeting with local NYI groups across the district to resource them for effective ministry.
3. The district NYI participates in regional and global NYI gatherings that further enhance effective youth ministry across the district.
Section 2 – District NYI Council Meetings
1. The NCO District NYI Council meets quarterly to fulfill the mission and vision of district NYI.
2. Meetings of the council may be scheduled or called by the district NYI president or district superintendent.
Section 3 - District NYI Convention
1. The annual NCO District NYI Convention provides for inspirational sessions and programs to advance youth ministry across the district. Reports are received, leadership is elected, and any legislative business pertaining to the work of NYI is transacted at the Convention. Delegates to the Global NYI Convention are also elected consistent with the NYI Global Ministry Plan.
2. The NCO District NYI Council arranges for and oversees the District NYI Convention, in cooperation with the district superintendent. The Convention convenes at a time and place designated by the District NYI Council, with the approval of the district superintendent and within ninety days of the District Assembly.
3. The NCO District NYI Convention is composed of the members of the District NYI Council, the district superintendent, local pastors, other assigned ordained ministers of the district who participate in NYI ministry, and local NYI delegates.
4. All local NYI delegates to the District NYI Convention must be members of the Church of the Nazarene that they represent.
5. The number of local NYI delegates for each church is determined by the membership figures in the preceding year’s District journal. Each local church will be contacted by the NCO District NYI Executive committee regarding the number of delegates that can be sent. Delegates must be pre-registered prior to the convention with using a form provided by the District NYI Executive committee. District NYI leadership encourages local churches to make suitable arrangements for the expenses of delegates attending the District NYI Convention.
6. The local NYI delegation to the District NYI Convention for churches with 30 or fewer NYI members consists of:
a. The pastor and youth pastor or any full‑time paid pastoral staff who participate in NYI ministry;
b. The newly-elected local NYI president;
c. Up to four elected delegates, with at least half being within the district-established NYI ministry focus.
d. Local churches may add an additional delegate for each successive 30 local NYI members and/or final major part of those 30 members (i.e., 16‑29 members). At least half of any additional delegates must be also within the district-established NYI ministry focus.
7. The pastor of any local church or director of an approved Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Center not having an organized NYI may appoint one delegate.
* Number of elected delegates from a local NYI does not include ex officio delegates (NYI president, pastor, youth pastor, District NYI Council members from a local church, etc.).
The NCO District NYI develops these ministries to fulfill our mission statement and provide balance to the ministries provided.
Section 1 – Evangelism
The district NYI develops and implements a variety of ongoing ministries and special events to reach young people for Christ.
Section 2 – Discipleship
The district NYI develops and implements a variety of ongoing ministries and special events to nurture and challenge young people to grow as disciples of Christ in personal devotion, worship, fellowship, ministry, and leading others to Christ.
Section 3 – Leadership Development
The district NYI develops and implements a variety of ongoing ministries and special events to mentor and equip young people to be leaders for Christ and His church.
Should special circumstances should arise the District NYI Council has the authority to make changes to these ministries as deemed necessary in consultation with the District Superintend.
Section 1 - Provision
1. This district ministry plan provides a standard format for the organization, function, and leadership of NYI at the district level. The district NYI may adapt and revise the plan in response to youth ministry needs on the district, consistent with the Nazarene Youth International Charter and the Manual of the Church of the Nazarene.
2. Any area not covered by this ministry plan is under the authority of the District NYI Council
Section 2 - Process
1. The District NYI Council establishes and publicizes the process for adapting and revising the district ministry plan, and must approve proposed revisions prior to their being brought to the District NYI Convention.
2. Proposed revisions to the district ministry plan must be distributed in written form at the NCO District NYI Convention.
3. Revisions must be approved by a two-thirds majority vote of all delegates and members present and voting at the District NYI Convention and are subject to the approval of the district superintendent and District Advisory Board.
4. All changes in the district ministry plan become effective no later than 60 days following the Convention. The revised document must be distributed in written form prior to taking effect.