We all hope that day will come when a line of people randomly show up to serve in your ministry. But, that never happens. You need to go find the right people. But, asking someone to serve is intimidating.
It’s complicated because we’ve bought into the lies of who should serve and how to get them. Those lies hold us back from extending an invitation. To move past the myths that hold us back you need to debunk them.
5 myths that have held me back from asking people to serve were:
Two weeks ago I wrote about measuring your ministry. When it comes to the tangible (i.e. attendance) it’s easy to keep track. When it comes to the intangible it’s not always clear.
The intangible side of youth ministry deals with life change. How do you measure what’s going on in someone’s mind or heart? While there is no solid science a few ways you can start measuring life change is by:
I used to hate tracking attendance. I was afraid the numbers would expose me as a failure. What I didn’t know is that while attendance is a sign of success it isn’t the only thing I should measure.
You might ask:
Why is it important to measure our youth ministry?
It helps us grow and design our ministry. When you measure you:
Even after 10 years of youth ministry I have to admit that I don’t know it all. In fact I feel like there is more that I don’t know than do know. That’s why connecting with experienced youth workers is important.
Terrace Crawford is one of those youth workers that’s helped me grow in my ministry. His website TerraceCrawford.com is such a great resource for equipping and empowering youth workers to go the extra mile.
Recently he’s started a new project, one that I’m very excited about. A few weeks ago he launched:
I struggled with our small group program at first. I thought they were too messy to deal with. The problem is that I was looking for a silver bullet. I also didn’t know what a dynamic small group should look like.
Dynamic groups are ones that will not only change the lives of students but the life of your ministry. It gives a large youth ministry the opportunity to be intimate. It gives a small one the opportunity to go deeper. To create dynamic groups for your ministry you need to make sure they: