There is something about youth ministry that makes us feel completely alone. You could be surrounded by hundreds of teens and dozens of volunteers. But, that feeling of isolation will sneak up on you.
If you feel isolated or alone it’s important to know that you are not alone. Everyday there are thousands of men and women in the trenches doing what you are doing. To feel that solidarity and battle the isolation you need to make sure you:
If you grew up in a youth ministry you were impacted by some adult who poured time and energy into you. They might be the reason you got involved. You love what they did and now that you are in it, you realize it looks different.
There is MORE to ministry than just hanging out. The MORE involves administrative duties as well as pastoral. You might feel more inclined to the latter because you want to pay forward what you received. But, the reality is leadership in youth ministry also requires that you:
When I’m asked, “How do I get my pastor on board?” I immediately respond with a question, “How is the relationship with your pastor?” Most times the answer isn’t clear and that’s a problem.
The relationship with your pastor is important. If you don’t trust or respect his leadership you are probably in the wrong place. If you feel like it has potential, but needs to be improved then you need to:
Preparation for confirmation is a huge part of working with the next generation in the Catholic Church. It’s the greatest potential to unleash disciples and it can be the biggest headache too.
Often I hear the frustration and even resentment when I talk to other youth ministers and DRE’s when it comes to confirmation preparation. And we wonder why?
I often get asked, “How did we get so many adults serving in our student programs?” While I would love to say the answer is my good looks and charm it’s been the ability to let go.
Being a leader that actually delegates can be a painful process, but it’s totally worth it. By letting go and letting others lead, people will be more willing to commit for the long haul.
So, how do you let go?