Every youth minister feels the pressure to have a high energy youth program in their church. But, if you really want the next generation active and involved it’s by getting them serving inside the church.
When others see the next generation serving inside your church it will:
- Motivate others generations to get involved.
- Bring a new life to the parish.
- Advocate the importance of youth ministry for your church community.
To get teenagers involved you need to look for opportunities where they can serve. Once you’ve established those areas, it’s about taking these 5 steps:
I used to cringe at the saying, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” It makes like life sound like a popularity contest. Almost as if relationships were more important than knowledge. The truth is I didn’t understand it’s impact.
Who you know will not only determine how long you will last, but how far you will go. Ministry is very relational. Who you know will help you build trust with parents. It will help you reach out to more teens.
Who you know goes beyond the parents, the teens and even your volunteers. It extends all the way to:
Time is precious, yet we mismanage it all the time. With more time we could reach more teenagers. With more time we could build a better program. With more time we could reach more of our goals.
But you only have 24 hours. Instead of wishing for more time you need to learn how to maximize what you already have. That means having a system and then engaging it. Many times people do not know where to start, so I have 5 time savers (And a free giveaway below) I use to maximize my capacity:
I got an email from a parent I had never met with the title YOUR PROGRAM. I wanted to hide from it, because I assumed, “This is going to be bad.”
I opened it and on the other end was praise and thanks for the way we had impacted her daughter. I love feedback like that. I wish all feedback was like that.
If all feedback was positive we wouldn’t mind it so much. That’s just not the reality. There will be times when people are critical and it can hurt.
Positive or negative we need feedback because it helps us as a leader. It’s got power to move and change your ministry because it:
I didn’t always get it right. For many years I just needed bodies. I wasn’t looking for the right people or a solid community. I just needed numbers. While filling up holes in your ministry team is important, it’s not as important as building the core.
Last night we rallied our leaders together to kickoff another season of youth ministry. I love these events because they not only get the year started right, they are also a chance to invest in your ministry core.