There are days when quitting feels like the only option. Your tank is on empty and you cannot bare to face another disappointing season. While stepping away might seem the easiest, sometimes running on empty is the right thing to do.
Youth ministry is going to be filled with desert periods. Times when you are tested and pushed. Instead of giving up hope you need to endure the difficulty because it’s only temporary. To run on empty you need to:
Early on in youth ministry I had several volunteers, but most of them appeared to be ineffective. It started out as disappointment and then turned into frustration. I started to take back control and do it all myself. I burned out.
We all want volunteers. They are supposed to:
- Help us with our ministry needs
- Extend our capacity
- Share the burden
The problem is that you aren’t giving them what they need to succeed. Your volunteers are more than warm bodies and glorified chaperones. Your volunteers are there to bring your ministry to the next level. And, in order for that to happen they need a:
A part of youth ministry is disappointment. Volunteers will quit when you are already short staffed. Teenager who are growing in faith will hit stumbling blocks. You’ll have parents no show after you’ve spent hours putting together a workshop for their benefit.
While you are allowed to be disappointed and angry, you also need realistic expectations. The goal in youth ministry is to CHALLENGE and ENCOURAGE. The problem is when we set people up to fail and discourage them instead.
To communicate and set realistic expectations you need to:
The Matter Conference at Church of the Nativity in Timonium, Maryland is November 6th and 7th. It’s one of the highlights of our years because it’s a chance for our staff to come alongside other church workers. It’s something you don’t want to miss out on.
It’s so easy to miss out on experiences like Matter because of:
To go to a conference is a sacrifice, but Matter is worth it. It’s a church conference designed for people who are in the trenches of church ministry. It’s a chance for you to grow in your profession and in your faith. At Matter Conference 14 you’ll:
I didn’t always get it right. For many years I just needed bodies. I wasn’t looking for the right people or a solid community. I just needed numbers. While filling up holes in your ministry team is important, it’s not as important as building the core.
Last night we rallied our leaders together to kickoff another season of youth ministry. I love these events because they not only get the year started right, they are also a chance to invest in your ministry core.