Small groups are essential to a growing youth ministry. It’s where teens can connect with their peers and receive wisdom from God-loving adults. And while content is important to a group, it’s your leaders that take them to a new level.
To reach that level groups need to be healthy. And, every healthy small group is lead by a strong leader. These leaders are more than just warm bodies that show up to your ministry. A healthy and strong small group leader is someone who:
Regardless of what happens I’m wiped after a night of youth ministry. Maybe I’m physically tired from the high energy or emotionally drained from a student’s testimony. Regardless, I’m drained and need to be refueled.
As a youth minister you need to know how to refuel and reenergize yourself constantly. While there are some better practices you can inherit one of the best ways to invest in yourself is by finding people to pour into you because:
Your youth ministry is designed to commission next generation disciples. That means teaching them how to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ and to grow as leaders in the church. But that’s not always easy.
There are times when teens disappoint us or choose another activity over the ministry. It can be frustrating to raise leaders, but the problem might be due to the fact that we haven’t raised the bar. To raise the bar and encourage teens to step up their game you need to make sure:
Football is back and so is a new season of youth ministry. And just like football there will be times when you need to make a last second change.
Maybe it’s a snowstorm or a shortage of volunteers. Maybe you are dealing with failed technology or low turnout. No matter the obstacle you need to be prepared to pull an audible. And the way you prepare is by:
Kickoff to the year is close. As we get ready for another year of ministry at Church of the Nativity I can’t help but wonder, “Are we really ready?”
It’s a hard question to answer and you won’t really know the answer until you’ve started. But, in the meantime it takes more than just planning curriculum. To get the year started right you need to make sure you are: