You cannot avoid public speaking as a youth minister. Whether it’s workshops or a part of your regular job communicating a message is inevitable. But, if you want that message to stick you need to do it with authority.
It’s not just what you say, it’s also how you say it. That means knowing how to speak with authority. To build authority and engage your audience you need to:
It can be a struggle to get your ministry noticed by the rest of the church. As a youth minister you know teens can contribute and have an impact. The challenge is getting other people to see it too.
If your youth ministry isn’t noticed it can feel like an afterthought. So, how does a ministry rise to the surface? How do you start getting others to invest and advocate for you? It begins by:
I got an email from a parent I had never met with the title YOUR PROGRAM. I wanted to hide from it, because I assumed, “This is going to be bad.”
I opened it and on the other end was praise and thanks for the way we had impacted her daughter. I love feedback like that. I wish all feedback was like that.
If all feedback was positive we wouldn’t mind it so much. That’s just not the reality. There will be times when people are critical and it can hurt.
Positive or negative we need feedback because it helps us as a leader. It’s got power to move and change your ministry because it:
Do not ignore parents. You need them to help your ministry grow. The way that will happen is by getting them to buy in and invest in you and your youth ministry.
To get more buy in might seem like an impossible task. Parents want what’s best for the kids. What you need to do is clarify that for parents by making sure they know: