3 Fears That Hold Your Ministry Back

Fear is one of the biggest enemies to your ministry’s growth.  If unaddressed you’ll drive yourself crazy wondering, “Why isn’t anything happening?”

Fear is deceiving because you can have the right plans, and right people in place, but if you can’t pull the trigger they become irrelevant.  As youth ministers you need to overcome you fears, especially your:

7 Characteristics Of A Dynamic Small Group

I struggled with our small group program at first.  I thought they were too messy to deal with.  The problem is that I was looking for a silver bullet.  I also didn’t know what a dynamic small group should look like.

Dynamic groups are ones that will not only change the lives of students but the life of your ministry.  It gives a large youth ministry the opportunity to be intimate.  It gives a small one the opportunity to go deeper.  To create dynamic groups for your ministry you need to make sure they:

How To Be Available And Set Limits

It’s a dinner time with family when your cell phone rings.  You don’t recognize the number but you know it has something to do with work.  You ask yourself the question, “Do I need to answer this?”

As a youth minister you want to be available for your teens, and their parents.  But, you also know you have to protect your time, and your personal relationships.  There will always be tension, the question is how do you balance it all?

How To Talk To Teens About Sex

Our church just wrapped up a message series on sex we called A Way Forward (To learn more go HERE).  It’s not the first time we talked about the subject, but it is the first time we did a church wide message series.

There were a lot of positive results and the series was well received.  We created conversations between adults, teenagers and kids.  We were able to help people see that living a pure life is huge to having intimacy.  A couple of lessons that learned from the experience is that we need to:

When And How Far Should You Bend?

One challenge every leader faces is when to bend and when to stand firm.  You don’t want to seem unruly but then again protecting the integrity of what you do is important.

In youth ministry requests to make exceptions come in many different forms.  Requests come from parents, teenagers, your pastor and volunteers. Some are predictable and others are very personal.  In the end you need to discern: