I asked a group of youth. “How are you being leaders with your friends?”
Silence. I kept pushing the question. Finally, one girl said, “I don’t think this counts, but I went out with a friend last Friday night. I had not seen her for a while. Her parents are getting a divorce. I thought it would be good to just hang out with her.”
I recently watch a Ted Talk entitle The Happy Secret To Better Work by Shawn Achor. It made me think about my own attitude and whether or not I was approaching each day and those I serve with enough gratitude.
Ministry is a grind and there are seasons when we need to lament and mourn. However, if that’s where you stay then you won’t find yourself in ministry for long. If you can lead with gratitude you’ll not only see your mood change, but you’ll see that you are:
Have you ever doubted your ability to lead? Maybe it happened when something didn’t go according to plan, or maybe it felt like no one was listening. Doubt will creep in, but it shouldn’t linger.
How a leader becomes confident in his or her ability doesn’t happen overnight. Confidence is a choice that comes from developing a:
From time to time youth ministers send me their job descriptions and one thing that sticks out to me every time is their responsibility to Incorporate youth more into the life of the parish.
It’s a phrase we’ve all heard. It’s something we get the gist of, it’s just not always clear what that should look like. If you want teenagers more active on the weekend then you need to develop an:
How would you rate the effectiveness of your volunteers? Are they helping you run a program or are they helping you create a movement? It’s your responsibility to make them the latter.
You don’t need volunteers to manage a program, you need them to take your ministry to a new level. While meetings and planning can help your team work together if you want them to work better: