Hyphen Youth Ministry, headed by Nathaniel Binion, seeks to connect 18-30 year olds to Service…With Purpose… Through Resources…For a Mission.
Hyphen began out of a meeting chaired by the General Youth Department in late 2008 to answer the question, “How can we build a ministry that connects, equips, and empowers the 20-something demographic of the UPCI?” The answer really evolved into a process. Bro. Binion was approached to structure, recruit a team, and institute a brand that would become the groundwork for a ministry that would focus on said demographic.
Bro. Binion shared few important tenets: “First, the role of the national GYD ministry is to equip and connect grass roots individuals, churches, and districts to each other and to resources to help them become “hyphens” to their world. We looked at the first 2 years of the ministry (2009-2011) as the launch and structure phase, the next few years as an expansion year (2012-2014), and then a releasing phase where we would hope all districts are participating in the Hyphen ministry in some way,” he said.
Some current objectives are, “First, the web site is to be a repository of grass roots resources for our movement. Second, using social networking presence on Twitter and Facebook to network individuals. And third, we seek to challenge and equip districts to facilitate Young Adult events and ministry,” he stated.
“We are funded through the GYD and the General Youth Secretary is our direct report. We present our budget, objectives, and event proposals to the GYD executive committee in November, the entire GYC at Midwinter meetings in January and of course, we are always at the pleasure of the GYD executive leadership and the UPCI General Board,” Bro. Binion further stated.
“Our National Team consists of all volunteers of incredibly competent people. We meet via a conference call the 3rd Monday night of the every month. We meet in St. Louis once a year, and our team has volunteered time and finances at numerous events across the country,” he added.
Bro. Binion explained the structure: “Each director has a job description with key questions that quantifies what he or she should be doing specifically each month as related to the Hyphen vision. Hyphen is a decentralized structure that trusts each district to build their own structure with the knowledge of their own challenges and opportunities, so our national structure is important. I am proud to report that almost every district in the UPCI has a functioning Hyphen presence in their district,” he said.
Bro. Binion shared the accomplishments of Hyphen. “We are proud that we have built a brand that is present in most districts. We have a sound structure, a website and free resources, and have produced a Starter Pack available to purchase on the GYD website. We have seen two Hyphen tours completed, restructured Youth Congress day sessions, and have hosted two “8” events for young adults at Youth congress. I see the national brand and national teams of Hyphen striving to be experts in the discipleship model to equip the 18-30 demographic. That way each individual, leader and district can build a hyphen ministry with proven methods while acknowledging the unique opportunities and challenges of their local situation. Our National team is here to assist in any way that we can. For more information contact is at www.hyphenonline.org.