Remember when communicating was simple? If you wanted teens to come to an event you sent home a flyer. If you wanted people to join your volunteer team you shot them an email. Sadly, those days are long gone.
To get people to move and accept an invitation takes more than an email. It takes a strategy, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. If you want to recruit more volunteers, invite more teens and get people on board with your vision you need to:
Parents used to scare me. I used to think they were out to get me because many interactions were filled with criticism, disappointment and stress.
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It’s taken me years of ministry and having kids of my own to realize that parent’s are not looking to pick a fight. Instead they are looking for assistance, insight and guidance when it comes to their own teenager. As youth ministers we need to come alongside of parents by:
I’m someone who loves to laugh and have a good time. I’m also someone who doesn’t like to waste time. If I’m ever in that situation the first question that pops into my mind is, “Why are we doing this?”
The question comes from a need of purpose. And in youth ministry it’s easy to do a ton of things that have no purpose, including fun.
Now fun does belong in youth ministry. In fact it’s an important part of reaching out to teenagers and growing disciples because it can: