Church Youth Choir, Touring Advice
Date: June 2, 2010
Friends - I lead (among other things) a small church youth choir of about 12-14 kids. I feel that their focus and enthusiasm has been very weak, and also feel that the goal of a tour would be one of the best bonding experiences we could do. (If you disagree, I welcome your thoughts!)
Our church does not have a large active youth ministry, but does a very strong summer missions work project for teens through adults that is THE pervasive event for youth in the summer.
I really need some experienced advice (as "veteran" as I am these days, you'd think I should know this stuff!)
* I fully support the summer mission event, but feel the need to build this kind of experience with the youth choir.
* I will have the hurdles of
1. families who are loyal to and commit to do the mission trip every summer
2. the financial issue (if tour costs much at all) of families paying for more than one summer thing at church
3. The church culture in which kids will not be able to see the vision very well for tour until we actually DO it.
4. a youth praise band that competes for some kids, while some kids do both choir and praise band.
We are a United Methodist Church ... the youth choir intentionally does some traditional choral music and some praise music some ethnic/global, etc. It's too small a group to sing with a "band".
I'm asking for some words of wisdom and direction - ideally from some who have built from a smaller number up, and perhaps who have figured out how to balance the support of a church mission trip with a youth choir tour.
Minister of Music
Grace UMC, Naperville, IL