It seems to always happen at the worst moment possible. You know the moment you want everyone tuned into God. Maybe it’s during your message, or a quiet moment of prayer. It’s during that time the disruption begins. Teenagers.
In youth ministry there will always be disruptive teens. The challenge of dealing with them can be overwhelming. You don’t want to kick anyone out, but you need to make sure you protect everyone else’s experience. Take on distractions in your ministry by:
We’re shutting down our regular youth ministry program this week. It’s something we do every year. We close up shop for a few weeks as we transition into summer mode. Some think it’s a time to wind down, but in reality it’s a great time to get ramped up.
While summer is the perfect time to offer camp and mission trips it’s also an opportune time to get ready for fall. Before you get sucked up into the summer fun make sure you:
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: