Loneliness is one of the biggest challenges I see my clients battle. It’s a feeling of isolation that they describe as, “It just seems like no one cares.” I can relate to their feelings because it’s something I’ve face before.
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I’ve worked in large staffs, with dozens of volunteers yet still endured seasons of loneliness in ministry. It’s an emotional and physically draining experience. One that I feel compelled to share because:
One night as I was preparing for a night of ministry as teenagers began to arrive. As one teen approached he went to a door that I had not unlocked. He looked a little confused as he tried to open it, after a few attempts he started to walk away.
I ran out after him and said, “Hey buddy, where are you going?” He said, “The door was locked so I thought maybe tonight was canceled.” I apologized and reassured him there were already a few people inside. It was a learning lesson that:
Memorial Day isn’t just a day we remember those who died for our country. It’s a day where we can reflect on the wonderful blessings that sacrifice can bring.
On this Memorial Day, it’s important to embrace those few precious things we take for granted. These are the things that help us do our job and share the Gospel with the next generation and their families. This Memorial Day be thankful for:
We could always use more help. Volunteers are great but they have full-time lives. Then there is hiring more employees, but the budget doesn’t always allow for it. If you are in that in between another area to consider are INTERNSHIPS.
Investing in an internship at your church or ministry is worth checking out. It’s not only a way of expanding your capacity in the short term but an opportunity to set you up for success in the future because an internship is a:
If you want to improve the way you reach teenagers it’s important to look at successful models. However, sometimes that means going beyond the church and looking in the corporate world.
When non-coffee drinkers recommend you go to a coffee house you go. The Starbucks Reserved Roastery in downtown Seattle is unlike any place I’ve ever visited. It’s a coffee lovers dream and for those of us in ministry, you can learn a lot. What the Starbucks Reserved Roastery taught me about ministry is: