When did we go wrong when it came to Confirmation preparation? Instead of treating it like a commissioning it’s become a graduation for most people. Confirmation preparation needs a makeover.
On January 27th, 2017 my newest book Rebuilding Confirmation (Ave Maria Press) will be released. While the book doesn’t have all the answers to fixing Confirmation preparation it’s goal is to start the conversation on what needs to change.
I wish I could tell you that I’ve had a 100% retention rate for volunteers in my ministry. I wish I could tell you that people have only left because of positive reasons. That would be a lie.
People will leave your ministry and it hurts when they do. You might want to take it personally but the truth is there are many reasons. But, is it possible to avoid turnover?
Games are a huge part of youth ministry. They’re fun, they break tension, form relationships and create memories. They are a big part of ministry; however, they can be a big distraction if done incorrectly.
That’s right there is an etiquette to games for your ministry. If ignored it will not only effect the outcome of the activity, but impact how people see your ministry. To master the art of the game you need to:
Ever host an event and was disappointed by the turnout? Maybe it was a meeting and no one came prepared? It happens to everyone, but why it happens isn’t always clear.
You might want to assign blame (5 Excuses Youth Ministers Need To Avoid Making), but before you do take a look at your systems. If the systems you have in place are broken, your programs, projects and events will fail. To determine if they are broken consider these 7 questions:
There are going to be moments when you don’t see the results you hope for. When expectations aren’t met you want to find a reason. While it might be tempting it’s important to avoid making excuses.
While excuses can be justified they often don’t lead to solutions. And while there are several excuses we can make their are 5 youth ministers should especially avoid: