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Youth ministry is not at the top of the priority list for many churches.  While this is sad it’s not surprising. Too often youth ministry is portrayed as adolescence babysitting filled with pizza and ping pong.  But, youth ministry is more.

Courtesy of Ave Maria Press

Courtesy of Ave Maria Press

An effective youth ministry can bring any parish to an entirely new level. By focusing in on the next generation you not only create a place for teens to grow in their relationship with Christ, but you give the parish new life.  It’s the next generation that inspires and motivates the local church to grow. (more…)

How To Run On Empty

There are days when quitting feels like the only option. Your tank is on empty and you cannot bare to face another disappointing season. While stepping away might seem the easiest, sometimes running on empty is the right thing to do.

Youth ministry is going to be filled with desert periods. Times when you are tested and pushed. Instead of giving up hope you need to endure the difficulty because it’s only temporary.  To run on empty you need to:

How To Deal With Lonely Leadership

If you are a leader you will feel lonely.  That’s because the decisions, responsibilities and the burden fall on you first.  The question you need to answer is, “How am I going to deal with the loneliness?”

No one tells you when you get into ministry that there will be periods where it feels like:

How To Avoid and Address Burnout

Burnout seems to sneak up on you.  It starts as irritation or exhaustion and then next thing you know you are hiding under the covers wondering, “Is there any hope of me finding happiness?”  The reason most youth ministers find themselves in burnout is because they ignored the warning signs.

The other night I went out for a run.  I reached the end the block and then immediately turned around.  There was a flash of lightning followed immediately by a thunderous boom.  I took this warning sign serious and headed back towards my house.

It’s not always clear exactly what gets us to the point of burnout.  And that’s because there is no one point but a series of events.  To avoid burnout all together you need to:

4 Steps To Tackle Pressure

It’s crunch time for our student ministry.  Time is shrinking and the pressure is mounting.  People are getting frantic and questions are filled with emotion.  Getting ready for the beginning of the year is exhausting.  

When pressure mounts it’s easy to lose our heads.  What was once clear is no longer.  How a youth minister handles pressure impacts their leadership.  While the temptation is to stay in bed in the morning, you need to:

GO OUT AND LEAN INTO THE PRESSURE

That means preparing yourself for the spiritual, emotional, and physical battle that youth ministry sometimes brings.  To tackle the pressure and come out on top you need to make sure you: