Those of you who follow me know that I’m not a huge fan of events. They take a lot of time and can be a distraction from a consistent and healthy ministry. Nonetheless, they are an important part of your ministry because they can have a great impact in a teen’s relationship with Jesus Christ.
If you are looking to plan a camp, retreat or an event you need to plan carefully. It’s not something you can jump into and to do them right you need to make sure there is:
Permission forms, teenage drama, and helicopter parents are a few of the things that can make youth ministry complicated. While some of it you can control others you have to just deal with.
Youth ministry will be messy but it doesn’t have to be complex. As a youth minister you need to work hard to keep your processes and programs simple. To accomplish simplicity you need to:
Would you go back to a restaurant if you found that the silver ware was dirty or the staff was unfriendly? Probably not. You wouldn’t care how well they maintained their book keeping and that’s because hospitality matters.
Whether you like it or not people will judge a book by it’s cover. It doesn’t matter how great your theology or apologetics are if teens feel uncomfortable and unwelcome they won’t come back. Your youth ministry’s cover is the environment teens walk into on a regular basis. To make them hospitable you need to:
“Don’t judge a book by its cover.” It’s something I was told as a child, it’s something I’ve told my own kids but the reality is we do. When it comes to first impressions we all make them, whether justly or not.
When it comes to your youth ministry you might only get one shot with the majority of your students. That can be a tough reality to swallow and it’s one we cannot ignore. If you want teens coming back week after week you have to make sure you are:
I love November. On top of my birthday and Thanksgiving it’s got one of my favorite events: THE MATTER CONFERENCE. And registration for Matter 15 (November 5th-6th) is officially open.
REGISTER FOR MATTER 15 HERE
Some of you have been the last couple of years and each year we do basically the same thing. We take the tools, resources, and experiences we’ve gathered over the year and share it with the attendees. So, again great content; however, this year there are some incredible additions: