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:
In high school I was on a baseball team that couldn’t win even if we paid the other team to forfeit. We had talent, and skill, we just lacked cohesiveness. We weren’t exactly the epitome of team.
If you work in a parish you are a part of a team. Even if you are the only youth minister. There are men and women that you need to rely because cohesiveness is key. It’s so important for any staff to have because:
A question that I come across is, “Should my youth ministry have a name?” Our student programs (Uprising = high school; Resurrection = middle school) have names and while they do matter, it only matters if your marketing and branding is effective.
You can come up with a million names, but if you don’t communicate them correctly no one will care. While you should take time to create an effective and catchy name you need to do more. The more is: