The weeks before the end of the year is like the final sprint before the finish line of a race. Everyone is moving to get as much done. Then New Years Eve happens, we breathes and the marathon starts all over again.
Whether you are ramping up or winding down it’s important to set yourself up for success before the new year begins. After all youth ministry is a journey. While you can anticipate some things, many are still a surprise.
To set yourself up for the best year ever doesn’t take a lot of effort, in fact it can be real simple. Here are 6 small steps you can take before the new year begins:
When teenagers come consistently it builds momentum for growth and deeper discipleship. The problem is cultivating that consistency. That’s why small groups are so important.
Small groups bring the consistency and create growth because of one piece. When it comes to small groups it’s all about the:
To get teens to come back it can feel like we need to knock it out of the park each week. We go for bigger and more complex. While that might lead to great memories it won’t create consistency. Sometimes to have a bigger impact we need to think small.
There are small steps and tasks that will have a great impact. The problem is that we overlook their significance or we think they are beneath us. What are some of these small steps? You can start by:
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and that means lots of food. I’m not sure about you but every year I have the tendency to overload my plate. The result is indigestion. Unfortunately, it’s not the only time. Too often it happens in youth ministry.
Your plate can get overloaded for a number of reasons. Some are in your control and others far from it. No matter the reason your goal should be to empty your plate as efficiently as possible.
To get started you need to:
With Thanksgiving less than a week away it’s easy to get caught up in the Christmas rush. But, before you start getting into the Christmas spirit take time to reflect and analyze the last few months of ministry.
You might not feel like there is a lot to work with, but a mid year review is valuable. It will help you see what needs adjusting. You can look at what is going on behind the scenes. And, it will give you the insight you need to make sure you stay on course.
To get started you need to ask the right people and 4 groups you should start with are: