Training your team can get costly in a variety of ways. You can waste people’s time and lose their trust if what you provide isn’t worth the sacrifice. To make it quality you spend a lot of money, which can drain your budget. We know meetings are important, but how do you make them worth it?
To ease the burden you need to:
As summer is quickly approaching the temptation is to wind down and relax. The reality is you can’t afford to shut things down completely. In fact now is the perfect time to plan and prepare for the next year.
How do you prepare for the next year? It’s about bringing your key people together and making sure you have a comprehensive plan. To develop a solid plan you need to make sure your meeting involves:
I love helping out a teenager; however, my eyes roll every time I have to sign off on a service hour requirement for school. While I love the fact that teens are getting involved I don’t like that it’s become a requirement.
Teenagers need to serve because it helps them grow as disciples, but making them do it as a requirement is not the answer. If you want to grow disciples who serve locally, nationally and internationally because they Love God and Love Others then you need to make sure you:
You want to reach more teens. In fact you need to reach more teens. You feel that burden and it’s painful because you believe in order to reach more you need to do more.
But, the truth is to do more you need to figure out how to do less yourself. That means discipline and understanding that:
I remember my predecessor showing me his youth ministry calendar. Without thinking I remarked, “How is your wife still married to you?” Every single weekend was booked with lock-ins, laser tag and other youth events. It was insane.
When Jesus commissioned the disciples to go into the world he didn’t say, “Go, and plan the most epic game of dodgeball.” He said, “Go and make disciples.” We know that, but the pressure to plan events is a reality for so many youth ministers.