Last week I was in Austria meeting with church leaders and what struck me was the similarity in some of the obstacles they faced. When it comes to reaching the next generation they were finding despite all their efforts nothing was changing.
Youth ministry can get frustrating because the amount of work you put into it doesn’t always match the reward you expect to get from it. This can only mean two things, you either need to:
Yesterday our parish had it’s annual offsite staff day. It’s an exercise going back years to help us get on the same page to create an amazing year of message series, programs and ministry. In a way it’s our most important day as staff.
Whether you follow an academic or calendar year it’s important to spend time with the team to plan your best year ever. But, it’s not as simple as gathering around a table and asking the question, “How are we going to do this?” You need to make sure you:
One of the challenges in ministry is difficult people. Those difficult people can be an angry parent, over demanding pastor or an energetic teenager. But, what if it’s one of your volunteers?
Volunteers are essential to your ministry. They help you reach more teens and grow more disciples. But, sometimes they show up late, try to take control over a program or just give you a hard time. You might want them to just go away or change, but really you need to:
Early on in my ministry when the attendance numbers would drop I wondered, “When am I going to make it?” I was working out of frustration because my expectations of success weren’t being met.
Success has so many more signs than attendance numbers. It’s more than awards and public praise. And success doesn’t signify that you’ve made it to a point where you can sit back and relax. Success in youth ministry means:
You can’t do ministry on your own, you need a team. But, what happens when you feel like someone on your team doesn’t have your back?
The only thing worst than doing ministry on your own is running it with a team that you feel like is disloyal and undermining. If you ignore it, it will only grow and eventually take you out of the game. To address it you need to: