As a kid I remember the excitement of going door to door on Halloween yelling, “Trick or Treat“. Each time I got candy. I never had to trick someone. And, honestly I didn’t want to. I didn’t have time for tricks.
As a youth minister I still don’t have time for tricks. But, I often find myself believing the lies and pressures that come with youth ministry. In fact all youth ministers face the same pressures. While each of them are unique if you fall for them it’ll put your ministry in danger.
Four tricks that take away the sweetness of youth ministry are:
One of the most frequent questions my coworkers and I get asked is, “What do I do if my pastor is not on board?” At the same time I know our pastor has received a similar question, “What do I do if my staff is not on board?” The answer is simple:
Again, it’s simple, but not necessarily easy. Nonetheless staff unity is a problem way to important to ignore. If you do not have staff unity you not only limit the growth of your ministry, but put in jeopardy the health of your church. So, what can one person do?
Last week I was in the midwest for a speaking engagement. Afterwards I met up with a friend who lived nearby for a cup of coffee. As we were placing our orders the barista just started engaging in conversation with us. Not really a problem with the exception that there was a line behind us. But, what surprised me was how patient everyone was.
I was almost embarrassed that this barista was slowing down the line. My friend and I talked about it and he said, “That’s just the culture around here.”
It’s amazing how impatient we can be as youth ministers. We instantly want:
You cannot avoid public speaking as a youth minister. Whether it’s workshops or a part of your regular job communicating a message is inevitable. But, if you want that message to stick you need to do it with authority.
It’s not just what you say, it’s also how you say it. That means knowing how to speak with authority. To build authority and engage your audience you need to:
It can be a struggle to get your ministry noticed by the rest of the church. As a youth minister you know teens can contribute and have an impact. The challenge is getting other people to see it too.
If your youth ministry isn’t noticed it can feel like an afterthought. So, how does a ministry rise to the surface? How do you start getting others to invest and advocate for you? It begins by: