There are times when I wake up on a Friday and wonder, “Did we have high school ministry last night or did I go clubbing?” Youth ministry can be exhausting and as I get older I realize it can be a drain.
As a youth minister you’ll be emotionally, physically, spiritually and mentally pushed. And, if you aren’t guarding yourself it’ll burn you out. To properly guard against the grind you need to make sure you:
Everyone loves vacation, but jumping back into the office afterwards is another story. All that waits are feelings of dread. But, that doesn’t have to be the case.
Jumping back in doesn’t have to be painful. Instead of worrying about what awaits, approach it with a plan. To make sure you jump in right be sure to:
No one wants to face BURNOUT. It’s the threshold where everyone around you is irritating. Moving through the day is like running through mud. And at the end of the week you are totally wiped.
You will face periods of burnout in ministry. Burnout is a sign that you need to step back and gain a fresh perspective. If you want to serve in ministry for the long haul you need to address burnout by:
My heart sinks when I hear my son say, “Daddy, I miss when you are away.” Between retreats, conference, and now travel for the book it gets hard to maintain the balance between home and work.
I’m not alone, just go on Facebook and read all the comments. It’s a struggle because you love what you do and you love your family. It can feel hopeless, but to maintain the balance you need to:
Have you ever found yourself wondering, “They just don’t care.” It’s a thought that comes from frustration, disappointment or just being burned out. And if left unaddressed it can limit your ministry.
The best way to address the situation is by naming it. While there are several things we hold unfairly against our teens three that I’ve heard (And even experienced) the most are: