Youth ministry can easily become a 24/7 operation. Office hours are filled with planning and organizing. Then there are the meetings and if you throw in being “on call” if a parent or teen needs you life can get crazy quickly. But, that’s not healthy.
A healthy youth ministry has a healthy youth minister. A healthy youth minister is someone who is rested, refreshed and ready to go. To find that rest, peace of mind and build margin you need to learn how to turn it off by:
It’s all too often we hear stories of leaders who lose their influence because of something they said or did. It’s a fear that I carry around, wondering, “Will my mistakes follow me?”
You aren’t perfect and that’s okay; however, as a leader you do need to have integrity. Integrity makes you a leader worth following because you show others that you can be trusted. To build that integrity you need to:
Branding works. When you see golden arches you think about McDonalds. You see a swoosh and it’s Nike. But, when someone thinks about your ministry what comes to mind?
Does your ministry need a logo? Does it need a slogan or catch phrase? Should you be working with the student band to compose a jingle? Maybe.
Last week I was in Austria meeting with church leaders and what struck me was the similarity in some of the obstacles they faced. When it comes to reaching the next generation they were finding despite all their efforts nothing was changing.
Youth ministry can get frustrating because the amount of work you put into it doesn’t always match the reward you expect to get from it. This can only mean two things, you either need to:
A great speaker can change minds and hearts. He can capture the attention of many to create change. Unfortunately, mastering the art of speaking isn’t a priority when it comes to ministry. It’s often an afterthought and it shows.
Maybe you’ve told yourself, “I’m confident and I can wing this.” And while you might be a talented speaker you need to make it a priority. No matter your level of speaking you need to make sure you improve it by: