Youth ministry is a nonstop machine that continuously demands a lot. Parents want you to help them reach their kids, teens need someone to hear them and then there are all those duties assigned by the pastor.
It’s a lot of work, but it can be a lot of fun. The problem is when the fun runs out. Instead of being a joyful leader you find yourself longing for the grind to stop. The temptation is to blame others when the reality is that your:
You’ve tried everything and nothing changes. You’ve changed your program times and invested in new content but the results are the same. People aren’t showing up, no one is committing to serve and you are stuck. What once was your dream job has now just become a job.
There will be moments when ministry feels like work and that’s okay. The reality is there are seasons of growth and pruning. But, those seasons where you feel stuck can feel like torture. When that happens it’s important to:
When do you get time off? Are you just coming off a break wondering, “When’s the next one coming along?” If you are constantly tired and feeling like the workload is endless you might be on the verge of burnout.
You want to address the burnout because you really do deep down inside enjoy doing what you are doing. The problem is you constantly feel:
I’m the new guy once again. As a kid, I hated being the new guy because there was a lot of unknown. As an adult, there still is a lot of unknown with being new and that’s okay. In fact, it’s better.
It’s going to be fun blogging to all of you from the perspective of someone who has been in ministry for over a decade and now as someone who is new. As I settle into this new position I’m reminded that when you start over you need:
What are you giving up this Lent? That seems to be the question most people ask during this time of year. But, is that the right question?
What if there were different questions we needed to ask this season? What if the focus were a little different? What if the questions we needed to ask were: