Fear is one of the biggest enemies to your ministry’s growth. If unaddressed you’ll drive yourself crazy wondering, “Why isn’t anything happening?”
Fear is deceiving because you can have the right plans, and right people in place, but if you can’t pull the trigger they become irrelevant. As youth ministers you need to overcome you fears, especially your:
One challenge every leader faces is when to bend and when to stand firm. You don’t want to seem unruly but then again protecting the integrity of what you do is important.
In youth ministry requests to make exceptions come in many different forms. Requests come from parents, teenagers, your pastor and volunteers. Some are predictable and others are very personal. In the end you need to discern:
Leading a youth ministry can get personal. You pour your time, effort and energy into making it the best experience possible. But then your questioned by skeptics and critics. And the challenge becomes about how you respond.
The reason you are questioned as a leader is because you are creating change. That makes people nervous and anxious. And nervous and anxious people look for something to challenge. What you need to do is put together a plan that diffuses the situation and that involves:
At a certain point your leadership will reach it’s limits. It can be confusing because you will work harder and longer only to plateau. To take things to the next level you need your volunteer ministers to step up.
Your volunteer ministers are priceless. The problem is that we don’t know how to maximize their value. If we did then we would see our ministry grow bigger and stronger. To get the most out of your volunteer ministers you need to:
You went into your youth ministry position thinking your roles and responsibilities would be solely on the teens. You learn that they are more than that and it doesn’t seem right.
That’s the reality. Youth ministry is an ever changing industry and that means you need to be able to change too. In fact the longer you are ministry the more your roles will change.
The worst thing you can do is fight them. You need to embrace these roles because many of them will bring your ministry to a new level. While there are several we could discuss, there are three that simply cannot be ignored. They are: