We all hope that day will come when a line of people randomly show up to serve in your ministry. But, that never happens. You need to go find the right people. But, asking someone to serve is intimidating.
It’s complicated because we’ve bought into the lies of who should serve and how to get them. Those lies hold us back from extending an invitation. To move past the myths that hold us back you need to debunk them.
5 myths that have held me back from asking people to serve were:
It could be the greatest night of ministry ever, but you don’t feel that way. You can’t explain why you didn’t enjoy it like your volunteers or teens did. All you hear is a voice telling you, “It wasn’t good enough.”
One of the biggest battles a youth minister will face is self-doubt. It hits us all, even in times of great success. While we cannot always control it’s source there are some actions we can take to move through it. If you are battling self-doubt or questioning your ability to lead look at:
A question that I come across is, “Should my youth ministry have a name?” Our student programs (Uprising = high school; Resurrection = middle school) have names and while they do matter, it only matters if your marketing and branding is effective.
You can come up with a million names, but if you don’t communicate them correctly no one will care. While you should take time to create an effective and catchy name you need to do more. The more is:
Back in high school I used to paint houses; however, I did more prep work (i.e. sanding, spackling) than actual painting. I hated it because it was thankless hard work. But, my employer would always remind me, “The preparation matters.”
It’s easy to hate the prep work that goes into youth ministry. It’s the admin, and organizational needs that no one really sees. But, it all matters because it sets the ministry up for success. Prep work matters especially when it comes:
Yesterday, I announced an awesome competition through Ave Maria Press. It’s a chance to go deeper into my new book Rebuilding Youth Ministry. Three winners will be chosen and each one will have the opportunity to sit down with me one on one via Skype for 3 one hour coaching sessions. (To learn more click HERE)
One of the reasons I love this promotion is because it allows me to do something I love, pouring into other youth workers. I’m excited to pay forward what I’ve received from so many experienced youth ministers.
Whether or not you participate in the promotion coaching is something every youth minster needs because it: