If you grew up in a youth ministry you were impacted by some adult who poured time and energy into you. They might be the reason you got involved. You love what they did and now that you are in it, you realize it looks different.
There is MORE to ministry than just hanging out. The MORE involves administrative duties as well as pastoral. You might feel more inclined to the latter because you want to pay forward what you received. But, the reality is leadership in youth ministry also requires that you:
When I’m asked, “How do I get my pastor on board?” I immediately respond with a question, “How is the relationship with your pastor?” Most times the answer isn’t clear and that’s a problem.
The relationship with your pastor is important. If you don’t trust or respect his leadership you are probably in the wrong place. If you feel like it has potential, but needs to be improved then you need to:
The snow is melting at a rapid rate and the temperature is finally manageable. You can almost taste summer and that means summer camps, volunteer training and content planning are on the horizon.
While summer’s official start is still a few months away, it’s important to start preparing now. If you can get ahead of the curve you can maximize your time and be better prepared for the juggernaut that fall brings.
To approach the summer correctly you need to:
Small groups sound simple, but they can be very messy. It takes work to build a program, recruit leaders and get buy in. But, once you have that you need to keep them healthy.
Small groups are messy because they are relational. But, that isn’t an excuse for them to have structure and systems. If anything your small groups need guidelines so that they can grow stronger and go deeper. To keep them healthy:
This past weekend I went winter camping with some friends in the Adirondack Mountains. You might wonder, “Why would anyone go winter camping?”
It’s something so different from what I do that it enables me to take a step back and gain a new perspective. It’s a retreat, which is something I need. In fact one thing that I’ve learned over the last 10 years of youth ministry is that: