I used to have that awkward encounter where I would run into a teen that had not shown up to our ministry for a while. You know that one that used to come every week and then stopped. You say, “Hey, how’s it going?” when you really want to ask them, “Why haven’t you been coming back?”
The reality is that each teen is facing obstacles, and temptations preventing them from coming back. While some of the reasons are out of your control, there are 6 action steps you can take to make sure more teens are coming back. They are:
Woke up on Memorial Day and thought to myself, “Not today.” It’s unusual for me to miss a post. It wasn’t that I was too busy or did not have the opportunity. I just wanted a break.
If you are a faithful reader there is no reason to worry. After all:
- It was a holiday weekend.
- There is plenty of great content to go back and read (and horrible stuff to laugh at)
- You shouldn’t be on your mobile device or desktop reading a blog post on a holiday anyway.
Ok, enough excuses. In all seriousness I wanted a break because I wanted to make sure I could. Sometimes the things we love can become so consuming that we forget why we love them. By taking a break from blogging I realized:
“Tone is the hardest part of saying no.”
- Jonathan Price, Put That In Writing
The word, “NO” holds a lot of power. It’s one that determines whether or not something happens. While tone is an important part of saying, “No”. It can be a stressful and difficult to say. But, you know you need to say it. And the reason you need to say, “NO.” is because:
A few months back I had a young woman ask me, “How do I convince my pastor to make my position full time?” I sensed frustration on the end. She had been advocating for the position for quite some time but wasn’t making any progress.
If there are teenagers in your community, you need a full time youth ministry. While that might not be fiscally possible, it still should be a goal., it should be a goal to fund. With a full time youth minister you can invest in a young church and the future church.
So, why the push back? Why, aren’t churches going above and beyond to hire men and women full time to pour into the next generation? It’s because: