It’s easy to go online and find a rant from some teacher, or youth minister griping about parents. The comments range from, “They just don’t care!” to “They are suffocating their kids!” Parents are challenging, but necessary.
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If you want your ministry to be strong you need a healthy approach to parents, even the difficult ones. Instead of pushing them away, look at loving them. That means:
The week to week grind is pretty hectic. You wake up and it’s Monday, you blink and the week is gone. Deadlines are approaching and you panic because nothing feels ready for your night of ministry.
While you can’t add more hours to the day, you can be more efficient with those hours. Just because youth ministry is messy doesn’t mean you have to be disorganized. To get margin when time seems to fly:
Something we say a lot around Church of the Nativity is that life change happens in circles. We believe that small groups at the adult, teen and kid level are a powerful way of helping people grow in their relationship with Christ.
But, small groups is more than just rounding up teenagers in a circle. To make them truly life changing you need to invest in them by:
Volunteers are key to the growth and health of your ministry. It’s a challenge to recruit them and it’s another to get the most out of them.
Providing trainings and workshops are important, but if you want your volunteers to give more you need to dig deeper. To maximize their potential it goes beyond just giving them a role and extends to:
It’s heartbreaking when you learn a former teen is no longer going to church. You feel like a failure and wonder, “Could I have done something more?”
It’s easy to beat yourself up, but you have to remember that we all have free will. While you cannot control all of their decision you can have an influence. To cut down on the turnover and encourage teens to stay connected to the church years after they are gone you need to make sure you are: