One of the hardest things for me to learn in youth ministry was how to set a schedule. Busy seasons would turn into the norm and instead of feeling excited about what I do I grew tired and resentful.
I know I’m not alone, it’s something I hear from youth ministers I talk to regularly. Setting a schedule is difficult and if you don’t set one yourself someone is going to set it for you. If you are feeling like your schedule is a little crazy (Or doesn’t exist) make sure you start:
Today, I’m happy to introduce a great resource for youth ministers. ParishDesigner.com is a service for youth ministers and parishes looking to promote their events, programs and ministries. Founded by Michael Marchand, he brings years of youth ministry and design experience.
His goal is to:
“Take care of the graphics, so that you can focus on the youth ministry.”
And that’s huge because youth ministry is difficult and we can’t spend time messing with graphics. Instead you need to be focusing on relationships and systems to grow disciples. What I love about ParishDesigner.com is how it:
I haven’t been running for a while. I had a bad muscle pull in my lower back. It kept me from doing something I loved. Finally this past week I’ve been able to get back into routine and it stinks.
Some of us like structure and others of us hate it, but we all need it. You need routine in your ministry because it keeps you focused. To develop a productive routine that you could actually enjoy is challenging, but it’s possible as long as you:
Teens had to be there. The activities were too long. I spoke with no point or direction. Our youth ministry program format was perfect for driving teens away. Something had to change.
Maybe it’s your first year in youth ministry and you’ve walked into a mess. Maybe you’ve been in the same place for a while and you’ve hit a rut.
You are disappointed by the attendance. Volunteers are hard to come by. Things need to change. If you are looking to create, tweak or change your youth ministry’s format be sure you:
Some of my most productive moments happen on a plane. I’m locked into a seat, with nowhere to go and the view out my window is priceless. While I miss family and am not always sitting next to the most pleasant people, I’m guaranteed to get a lot done.
Everyone has a desire to be productive. To be it all the time is a challenge, especially when your plate is completely full. To become productive means tweaking some of the systems and structures that pour into your life. To boost your productivity and make sure you stay on task always: