5 Steps To Empty Your Plate

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:

4 Groups To Help You Analyze Your Ministry

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:

How To Survive On A Youth Minister’s Salary

When I became a youth minister I took the biggest salary increase ever.  Of course before I was a youth minister I was a volunteer making $500/month.  Youth ministry won’t be the highest paying job out there, but it doesn’t have to be the lowest either.

Professional youth ministry involves sacrifice.  But, that doesn’t mean you have to be pinching pennies to survive.  There are options like working a second job, or if you are married having your spouse work. But, in the end the healthiest thing to do is:

7 Common Traits Of A Leader

I grew up only a few minutes away from George Washington’s Headquarters in Morristown, NJ.  I enjoyed the legend the came with this great leader.  Whether it was crossing the Delaware to surprise the Brits or delivering an ultimatum to the French in the French and Indian War.

While youth ministry might not require you to lead a group of teens across a freezing river in the dead of winter, it will present some leadership moments.  

If you want to be a leader that people will follow and trust, then you need to embrace certain traits.  For example leaders:

Why Youth Ministry is a Low Priority

Youth ministry is low on the priority list for many churches.  It’s sad but not surprising.  Many churches (and people) see it as glorified babysitting for adolescence. Because of this view parishes are dying.

If you work with the next generation the idea that youth ministry is a waste of time and resources frustrates you.  If anything you know that youth ministry needs to be higher on the priority list.  So, why the negative outlook on this ministry?  It’s because of: