If given the option, time, money and support most people would create their own content. The reality is that many of those things are in short supply. Therefore, the next best option is outsourcing. The question is, “What resources to use?”
Outsourcing while it can save you time does cost money. And not every resource is right for every youth minister. While recommendations and endorsements are helpful the best way to know which resource is right for your youth ministry is by:
When I became a youth minister I took the biggest salary increase ever. Of course before I was a youth minister I was a volunteer making $500/month. Youth ministry won’t be the highest paying job out there, but it doesn’t have to be the lowest either.
Professional youth ministry involves sacrifice. But, that doesn’t mean you have to be pinching pennies to survive. There are options like working a second job, or if you are married having your spouse work. But, in the end the healthiest thing to do is:
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Youth ministry is not at the top of the priority list for many churches. While this is sad it’s not surprising. Too often youth ministry is portrayed as adolescence babysitting filled with pizza and ping pong. But, youth ministry is more.
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An effective youth ministry can bring any parish to an entirely new level. By focusing in on the next generation you not only create a place for teens to grow in their relationship with Christ, but you give the parish new life. It’s the next generation that inspires and motivates the local church to grow. (more…)
One of the biggest mistakes we make in youth ministry is assuming every teen that walks in the door is on the same page. We assume our audience has the same religious education, and family background. We believe they are all facing the same pressures. When you assume you end up missing the target.
You’ll know you are missing the target audience when you see that: