TJC Youth Policy

The right development of Youth and Children is vital for the future of a Nation. A Church emerges from the society for the good of society and therefore has a part to play in the nurture of a spiritual and social future of a people. The Church recognizes its response to social development needs particularly to appropriate Youth and Children development as a social responsibility. The social effects of right character formation of Youth and Children give corresponding reflection of the best future of a society’s human capital. A platform for right character formation is the essence of the institution of a Youth and Children Ministry (YCM) in the Tema Joint Church (TJC) for which this policy has been decided.

In this context and in theTJC Ministry for Youth and Children the following definitions and interpretations shall apply:
a. Youth development:
Shall mean a continuous process of personal, collective and united growth in Christ and His Church with hopefuleffects to be experienced through best religious training and acceptable social practices that command conformity to promote full inclusion of all baptized Christians.
b. A YCM Teacher
Shall mean a confirmed TJC member appointed or recognized by the Church to deliver appropriate and Christ-honoring teaching to Youth and Children.
c. A YCM Youth Worker
Shall mean a confirmed TJC member appointed or recognized by the Church to play a specific or special role or to give a special service within the Youth and Children’s Ministry other than teaching
d. Graduation
Shall mean an elevation from one age group or class into another.
e. Confirmation
i. mean full admission into the regular adult service
ii. mark one’s beginning to partake of the Holy Communion.
iii. establish one as a communicant member of the TJC.
In Proverbs chapter 22 verse 6, The Bible instructs as follows:
“Train a child in the way he should go and when he grows he will not depart from it”. In Ecclesiastes Chapter 12 verse 1 also, the Bibleadmonishes younger people as follows: “Remember your Creator in the days of your youth before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, I find no pleasure in them”. These key Bible quotations drive the spirit and philosophy for the creation of the Tema Joint Church Youth and Children Ministry.

a. Article 10: 2: 4 of the Tema Joint Church Constitution enjoins the Church Council to establish a Youth and Children Ministry to function under the direct Pastoral oversight of one of the Associate Ministers. The Youth and Children Ministry is therefore an important constituent part anda Ministerial arm of the Tema Joint Church.

b. The Church Council
i. is the final authority on all YCM issues
ii. is responsible for ensuring that a Youth and Children policy of the Church is formulated, promulgated and implemented

a. The core mandate of the Youth and Children Ministry is to plan, organize, direct, control and coordinate Church programs that train the minds of all Youth and Children to be Christ-honouring in their attitude to life. Formation in Christ includes:
i. Christian education,
ii. social and peer development,
iii. life skills acquisition,
iv. full participation in the Church.
b. Specific objectives in programs of the TJC Youth and Children Ministry must promote and support safe growth and development of Youth and Children of the Church.

a. Of The Ministry:
TheYouth and Children Ministry (YCM) of the Tema Joint Church (TJC) shall remain primarily and purposely
i. part of a local and global experience of Christ and His Church
ii. a platform that seeks
• to express and explain to younger generations God’s love for Youth and Children
• to explore and advance best opportunities that provide for personal wholeness of Youth and Children.

b. Of The policy document:
The policy document seeks to give direction of a holistic approach to:
i. the total development of all young people and children in the Tema Joint Church.
ii. the development of a vibrant and effective Youth & Children Ministry.
iii. disciple Youth and Children into the image of Christ based on right Biblical tutelage and principles that must inform an understanding of scripture and its relevance to contemporary society.
iv. specific guidelines by which the Youth and Children Ministry goals shall be accomplished.
v. ensure that Youth and Children are well nurtured to be actively involved in worship- both in planning and participation.
vi. emphasise to all Youth and Children of the Church on the significance and sacredness of sacraments especially Baptism and Holy Communion.
vii. the development of both Youth and Children into a new sense of belonging and meaningful participation in activities of the Church and the community.

c. Application
The spirit and letter of this policy shall apply to
i. all activities involving Christian Youth and Children that take place on TJC premises, whether Church-related or not;
ii. all Christian Leaders who work with Youth and Children of the TJC as well as those who join them;

The aims and objectives of the TJC Youth and Children Ministry are as follows:
a. To set before the Youth and Children ways of Christian living through the teachings of Jesus Christ.
b. To understand and to uphold the Faith and Tradition of the Tema Joint Church.
c. To promote Christian fellowship and unity between and among the Youth and Children (John 17:21)
d. To give fulfilment to the tenets of the Great Commission basically through Evangelism (Mathew 28:19)
e. To provide opportunity for young people in the TJC to develop their faith and apply their minds most appropriately to becoming their own individual best resource in the future, both as Church members and as global citizens.
f. To provide a means and acceptable common platforms for all levels of Youth and Children activities


The Bible shall remain
a. the key instructional manual to drive best understanding to all regulations, policies, procedures and best practices of the Youth and Children Ministry in the Tema Joint Church;
b. the foundation upon which the Youth and Children Ministry shall stand with particular reference to Mark 10:13-16, 2 Timothy 3:16, Proverbs 22:6, Ecclesiastes 12:1.

For effective peer organization, development, teaching and learning, the population of the Youth & Children’s Ministry of the Tema Joint Church shall be grouped as follows:
a. The Children service from age 0 – 12th birthday
b. The Junior Youth (JY) from 12th birthday to 18th birthday
c. The Youth Fellowship from 18th birthday to 30thbirthdayor at a point of personal conscience to jointhe Young Adults’ Fellowship.
d. Young Adults Fellowship from30th birthdayto a point of personal conscience where each person shall branch into the full adult generational group according to gender.

Among others, emphasis shall be on the following areas:
a. Consistent prayer - Praying daily and always
b. Bible study - Regular study of the Holy Scriptures (alone or in groups)
c. Concentration -attentive listening and absorption
d. Mercy and Pardoning - Routine forgiving of self and others
e. Evangelism - Witnessing Christ in word and deed
f. Generosity and Charity – kindness and support i.e. helping others such as the poor, the hungry, the sick and those in prison.
g. Networking - Sharing helpful academic knowledge, educational experiences and information on career opportunities.

Possible benefits of the Basic Developmental Areas
It is expected that the development of these attributes or qualities in TJC Youth and Children will basically sharpen them to:
a. make appropriate content analysis of social influences of human behavior, the nature of life and how life honestly works;
b. Make right decisions that
i. address their basic personal and social situations or needs
ii. construct their self-confidence to welcome adulthood
iii. make them safety conscious, feel cared for, be valued, be useful, and be spiritually grounded
iv. make them function productively in the family, Church and society
v. can enrich their prudent management oftheir daily lives.

Instructions and/or teaching in the TJC Youth and Children Ministry shall be carried out by teachers and youth workers from within the TJC or by other accredited resource persons carefully selected with the consent of the Resident Minister.

Behavioral and attitudinal standards
Various programs shall be designed to make the following behavioral impacts and drive best attitudinal standards for Youth and Children in the TJC as well as all those who associate with them. It means that TJC Youth and Children and all others who decide to associate with them shall live with a commitment to uphold the following vital values of life and what they represent
a. Avoidance of social vices
Keeping a distance at all times from all social vices like alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, fire-arms and fireworks and/or inappropriate use of medications (whether or not prescribed) in the knowledge that disciplinary measures shall apply to disobedience as instructed in Galatians 5:16-26.
b. Dignity
i. Promoting and enhancing the religious appeal of the Youth and Children Ministry
ii. Cherishing Christian values as instructed in Matthew Chapters 5-7 and acting on them
c. Honesty
Being truthful in words and deeds so as to make one worthy of trust
d. Integrity;
Making sure ones actions carry along and project reliability, sincerity and uprightness that match with Christian values as taught by the standards and doctrines of the Church. In other words, preservingand applying one’s religious conscience to choices, decisions and actions in life.
e. Respect
i. Expressing due reverence to institutional and all manner of legitimate authority in Church and society including Authority of State.
ii. Showing or expressing due regard to the elderly and mutual respect for one another at every given time
iii. Appreciating self-worth and qualities in all persons
iv. Upholding and participating in the practice of the Church’s traditions and faith.
f. Care
i. Loving others and being sensitive to their well-being
ii. Being helpful and exhibiting a Christian touch of compassion towards one another.
g. Responsibility
i. Accepting a duty or a task at home, in Church and the community and wholeheartedly executing or discharging it honorably
ii. Obeying healthy instructions and carrying them out right as an honest response to an understanding and loyalty to a stewardship charge
iii. Responding appropriately to one’s obligations at home, in Church and the community
iv. Admitting or owning up to one’s own decisions, behavior and actions
h. Accountability
i. Answering to one’s stewardship at home, in Church and in society
ii. Being mindful to be answerable to God onhow talents, favors and/or gifts from God have been or were applied to life.
i. Participation
Being modest but actively involved in decision-making and development programs in Church and Society and even at home.
j. Support
Being involved in giving right assistance towards the development of spiritual, intellectual and best attributes that promote the total well-being of young people at home, in the Church and in the community
k. Giving
Nurturing right attitude to faithful giving and practicing it. For example, faithfully giving to Church as an honest tithe and other voluntary or freewill offerings and to society as charity
l. Mentorship
The older generation mentoring the younger generation and inculcating into them
i. a sense of belonging and a place of continuity in the life and work of the Church
ii. confidence and preparedness to take up responsibility from the older generation

a. Structures, Roles, Functions and Responsibilities
Organizational commands shall follow a defined organizational structure for which a conceptual frame is shown in page 13 of this policy document.

b. Administration:
It shall be the responsibility of the Church, within its financial ability, to provide andequipa secretariat for the Youth & Children Ministry (YCM).

c. Organization:
Youth & Children’s Ministry(YCM)Committee
The Church Council shall put in place a Youth & Children’s Ministry Committee that shall be the oversight body. A YCM Committee shall be responsible for:
i. all YCM initiatives and/or enterprises and programs
ii. all Youth and Children groups approved to function in the name of Tema Joint Church,
iii. implementing all TJC Council approved YCM policy directives.

TheYCM Committee within its tenureshall set feasible goals within its permissible functions.The goals shall be set to achieve measurable outputs within the following means:
a. Advocacy
To advocate and with the consent and approval of the Church Council be the main communication channel of all Youth & Children’s issues to the wider Church.
b. Appraisal
To trail the spiritual, emotional and physical wellbeing of all younger TJC members pursuing basic, second cycle and tertiary education in various institutions.
c. Religious instructions
To build capacity and/or sharpen the skills of youth leaders, teachers and youth workers todevelop content for teaching such as catechism for the youth and other instructional materials that shall fulfil Youth and Children training objectives.
d. Teaching aids for children
To Identify and source appropriate teaching aids for the Children’s service, monitor the quality of teaching during YCM services and other fora and evaluate all Youth and Children’s programs and activities.
e. Stewardship
In consultation with the Resident Minister and Associate Ministers
i. To oversee all elections and appointments in all youth and children’s groups.
ii. Todo a performance evaluation of all children service teachers and youth workers.
iii. To give an annual report to the Church Council.

The Youth and Children’s Ministry Committee shall be made up of the following:
a. An Associate Minister who shall be the Chairperson
b. Youth Coordinator
c. Children’s Service Coordinator
d. Representative from the Men’s Fellowship
e. Representative from the Ladies’ Fellowship
f. Representative from the Young Adults Fellowship
g. One Co-opted member from the Congregation

a. Remuneration:
No stewardship role in the TJC- YCM shall be salary rewarding. The Church Council shall only consider, where feasible and realistic, providing for movement on official YCM duties and occasional honorarium.

b. Stewardship roles:
i. Chairperson – Associate Minister
• shall preside over all Youth & Children Ministry Committee meetings.
• shall, in collaboration with other committee members, oversee the work and functions of the Youth & Children’s Ministry.

Tenure of office:
In parallel with tenure of Council membership.
ii. Youth Coordinator
Mode of appointment
In consultation with and upon terms and conditions approved by the Church Council, the Youth Coordinator shall be appointed by the Resident Minister.
The person:
The Youth Coordinator
 Must be a member of the TJC.
 Must clearly demonstrate the vocation and passion for Youth development.
 Must be qualified, well trained and must have an excellent reputation. Preference shall be given to a person in the teaching profession.
 Shall report to the YCM Committee.
Core responsibility
The Youth Coordinator
 Shall plan the implementation, facilitate, administer andmake an impact assessment of all TJC youth programs.
 Shall provide leadership for all youth matters, serve the interest of all younger people in the TJC and be responsible for conflict resolution within or amongst them
 Shall be their link and advocate in the wider community.
Tenure of office:
Tenure of office shall be based on an annual performance by the Resident Minister or as appointment directs.

iii. Children Service Coordinator
Mode of appointment
By the same procedure as applies to Youth Coordinator.
The person:
• Must be a TJC member.
• Must clearly demonstrate the vocation, skills and passion for Children development.
• Must be qualified, well trained, and must have an excellent reputation. Preference shall be given to a person in the teaching profession.
• Shall report to the YCM Committee.
Core responsibility:
The Children’s service coordinator shall be the Head Teacher of the Children Service. That responsibility basically involves:
 planning, organizing, facilitating and administering children’s programs in the Church.
 ensuring that all teachers are duly certified and accredited in the Church. Where special teaching skills are required for which an external resource person must be invited, the Resident Minister’s consent and approval must be sought.
Tenure of office:
As applies to the Youth Coordinator.

All YCM approved activities shall be funded through
i. Budgetary allocation by the Church Council for which reason all youth and children groups must submit their annual programs and activity proposals to the Church Council through the Youth & Children’s Ministry Committee for approval and for funding to be planned.
ii. Where limited budgetary allocation inhibits the implementation of a critical YCM program or activity, the Church Council shall grant consent and permission for the YCM Committee to raise supplementary funds within the Church to finance the programme.
iii. Voluntary support/donations from other legitimate sources shall be permissible. Donations could be in kind or cash and must be known by the YCM Committee and Church Council to be properly acknowledged.

a. Criteria:
All YCM programs and activities:
i. Should have clearly outlined outcome prospects that fall in line with training and developmental objectives for TJC youth and children, the Church’s strategic plan and the Great Commission
ii. Should aim at appropriately involving all Youth and Children in the Church and must make right impact on them according to their age levels
iii. Should be well thought-out and planned to ensure quality and relevance

b. Fixed YCM programs and activities
The following programs shall consistently feature on the YCM almanac andthe YCM Committee shall endeavor to organize them at the stated minimum frequency:
i. Youth and Children’s week activities- once a year
ii. Youth Camp – Once a year ; Youth forum and symposia; Youth Rally
iii. Vacation Bible School; Fun Games; Children’s Camp - once a year
iv. Children’s Rally; Competitions (Quiz, Essay writing, Debates)
v. Outreach programs; Retreats; Gospel Rock Show
vi. All night preferably on a Friday at least once a quarter.
vii. Family service at least once every month;
 To give an opportunity for parents to sit together with their wards during a regular Sunday forenoon communion service.
 For the Youth and Children to begin experiencing the traditions in the adult service and to nurture an early taste, appreciation and understanding of them.
 To give an opportunity toyounger people to take up lay roles like ushering, scripture reading and possibly liturgy during adult worship:

a. Requirements, Procedures and Formalities:
i. There shall be a special program to elevate or graduate children into the Junior Youth service.
ii. There shall also be a special and separate programme for elevation/graduation/ confirmation of Junior Youth into the main adult service to become Communicants.
iii. The Resident Minister shall decide the dates for all graduation and confirmation events.
iv. To qualify for confirmation, any of the following criteria would have been met:
• Candidate would have attained the age of 18 years;
• Or would have qualified for elevation from the Junior Youth;
• Or would have successfully completed the Graduation and Confirmation class.

b. Recognitions:
The Church shall present the following items to graduates and newly confirmed members during graduation and/or confirmation ceremonies:
i. Bible
ii. Certificate signed by the Resident Minister.
iii. A Hymn book in use in the TJC.

c. The role of the YAF:
Leadership of The Young Adults’ Fellowship shall take charge to enroll a newlyconfirmed member who qualifies by age to join them.

a. Youth and Children of TJC shall be covered by all Congregational welfare traditions as provided for them by the Church’s welfare policy. These shall include their spiritual, health and mentorship welfares.
b. The Church shall support or give encouragements in the following areas where feasible:
i. Career – counselling, development, progression
ii. Education - The Church providing learning support to the Youth for basic, second cycleand other formal education examinations.
iii. Training for Youth Workers.

It shall be the responsibility of the Church to provide a facility and all other necessary resources required for driving an effective YCM Ministry

The TJC Youth Service shall
a. follow the same model, be guided by the same theme and order as the adult service;
b. be conducted with the guidance and approval of the Resident Minister;
c. introduce some innovations and helpful modernisms that shall be permissible to the service and lessons presentation provided they convincinglyuphold TJC’s religious traditions, standards and ethical values and can impart acceptable and wholesome doctrine to both the children and the junior youth.
Song ministration:
a. The use of Hymns and the Amazing Grace Hymnal shall be fundamental in the regular Sunday Youth Service.
b. The YCM shall, in collaboration with the Music Ministry in the TJC, cultivate and develop a Youth Choir in the TJC that shall graduate into the adult and regular Church Choir.

Preaching appointments in the YCM
The YCM Committee shall
a. Prepare the Sunday service preaching plan for the approval of the Resident Minister and invite the approved preachers.
b. Identify and invite other resource persons for other programs and activities with the consent and approval of the Resident Minister.
c. Ensure that the selection of Guest Preachers and other external resource persons are carefully decided with deepest circumspection. Priority preference shall be given to resource persons from the Main Line and TJC participating Churches.