In the book 7 Practices of Effective Ministry Andy Stanley stresses that churches need to think steps and not programs. Youth ministry needs to do the same. It’s easy to get stuck on a program, and grow comfortable until frustration settles in.
Too often we get focused on looking at programs like they are the solution to discipleship. The reality is that they are only a tool. To go from programs to steps you need to remember to:
Youth ministry programming is only half the job of a youth minister. To truly grow disciples of Jesus Christ you need to know how to make the next generation feel a part of the local church.
That means looking for opportunities where they can lead. While peer leadership is important, it will only get a teenager so far. If you want to truly grow disciples and future leaders you need to:
You’ve probably walked out of a meeting before thinking, “That was a waste of my time.” The meeting either ran too long or lacked purpose. You feel robbed of something precious. Your time.
Meetings are not easy to run. They take preparation and purpose. Before you ask for people’s time you need to have a desired outcome. To reach that desired outcome you need to:
If you are in ministry there will be times when your job leaks into personal life. And then there will be times when your personal life will leak into your job. It’s a blessing and curse.
When teens call you on a Friday night it means they see you as someone who can help them. If you worship where you work it shows that you value the place that employs you. Again, a career in ministry is a blessing and a curse. The goal is to find a healthy balance. And the reality is that:
The new teens walking into your ministry are looking to make a good first impression. They want to fit in and know they matter. They are also wondering, “Is this going to be worth my time?”
The answer to their question is going to be impacted by their first impression of you. And the challenge is that you only get one shot. Most times you can’t afford to mess it up. In order to create a good first impression you need to: