Last week I was in Austria meeting with church leaders and what struck me was the similarity in some of the obstacles they faced. When it comes to reaching the next generation they were finding despite all their efforts nothing was changing.
Youth ministry can get frustrating because the amount of work you put into it doesn’t always match the reward you expect to get from it. This can only mean two things, you either need to:
A great speaker can change minds and hearts. He can capture the attention of many to create change. Unfortunately, mastering the art of speaking isn’t a priority when it comes to ministry. It’s often an afterthought and it shows.
Maybe you’ve told yourself, “I’m confident and I can wing this.” And while you might be a talented speaker you need to make it a priority. No matter your level of speaking you need to make sure you improve it by:
We’re always desiring more. We want more volunteers. We want more money for our budget. We want more teens to show up to program. While there is nothing wrong with wanting more it’s important to embrace your limits.
It can be frustrating not to have what you want. It would be great to have it all, but there isn’t a ministry that does HAVE IT ALL. To succeed and thrive with what you have it’s important to:
There are weeks where I have to seriously think hard about what I’ve accomplished. It’s almost like I walk into the office on Monday and all of a sudden I’m in meeting, answering phone calls and working hard to only feel like I barely survived.
If you aren’t careful it’s easy to work more hours and accomplish nothing. It’s a trap that everyone inside and outside of ministry faces. To get out of the rut of DOING and move towards SUCCEEDING. You need to make sure you:
Yesterday our parish had it’s annual offsite staff day. It’s an exercise going back years to help us get on the same page to create an amazing year of message series, programs and ministry. In a way it’s our most important day as staff.
Whether you follow an academic or calendar year it’s important to spend time with the team to plan your best year ever. But, it’s not as simple as gathering around a table and asking the question, “How are we going to do this?” You need to make sure you: