I’m naturally competitive. I love competition in sports because of the drama and excitement. But, when it comes to competition in real life it drives me crazy.
Youth ministry can often feel competitive. You compete with the schedules of teens and volunteers. You compete with other churches and community events. It gets tiresome. If you feel the competition and want it to stop then you need to start:
The Matter 15 Conference is only a few months away. I’m excited because it’s a time where I can connect with people who serve and love the church. I’m also excited because each year I get to do a BIG GIVEAWAY!
Why do a giveaway? Because one thing we love doing at Church of the Nativity is loving people who serve and work in parish ministry. This is one of the ways we want to invest in you so that you can invest in disciples of Jesus Christ. This giveaway is different than past years because the lucky winner will receive:
Something we say a lot around Church of the Nativity is that life change happens in circles. We believe that small groups at the adult, teen and kid level are a powerful way of helping people grow in their relationship with Christ.
But, small groups is more than just rounding up teenagers in a circle. To make them truly life changing you need to invest in them by:
It’s heartbreaking when you learn a former teen is no longer going to church. You feel like a failure and wonder, “Could I have done something more?”
It’s easy to beat yourself up, but you have to remember that we all have free will. While you cannot control all of their decision you can have an influence. To cut down on the turnover and encourage teens to stay connected to the church years after they are gone you need to make sure you are:
Parents used to scare me. I used to think they were out to get me because many interactions were filled with criticism, disappointment and stress.
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It’s taken me years of ministry and having kids of my own to realize that parent’s are not looking to pick a fight. Instead they are looking for assistance, insight and guidance when it comes to their own teenager. As youth ministers we need to come alongside of parents by: