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:
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: