How To Endure The Youth Ministry Journey

You’ve reached your limit.  You can no longer endure.  As you drive home after another long night you wonder, “Can I keep doing this?  The temptation is to say, “No.”  But, is it the right answer?

This past week my pastor and I headed to the NCCYM in San Antonio to speak.  We were there to share the Rebuilt story and promote my upcoming book Rebuilding Youth Ministry.  

During our time there youth ministers shared with us the challenges they faced.  It was a little heart breaking because behind each story was the question:

Why You Shouldn’t Forget The Small Things

To get teens to come back it can feel like we need to knock it out of the park each week.  We go for bigger and more complex.  While that might lead to great memories it won’t create consistency.  Sometimes to have a bigger impact we need to think small.

There are small steps and tasks that will have a great impact.  The problem is that we overlook their significance or we think they are beneath us.  What are some of these small steps? You can start by:

How To Empower Those Around You

You feel like you are taking a lot on lately. In fact too much for one person to handle. You have volunteers around you and you need them to step up. You need leaders, but don’t know where to find them.

The answer is to empower those around you.  Empower them by investing in them to become leaders.  And that takes more than just saying:

“Okay, here you go, you are the leader.”

You need to equip them with the right tools and opportunities. You need to:

Get The Answers To Your YM Questions

Finding the answers to our biggest youth ministry questions is never easy.  In fact it can be intimidating. You don’t want to look like you are out of your realm, but asking questions is huge.

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The reason I started this site was to help youth ministers, volunteers and church workers find the answers to their questions.  One of the ways I enjoy doing that is by introducing you to people and resources that will feed you.

That’s why I’m so excited to share with you a brand new resource from my friends Elle and Kenny Campbell at stuffyoucanuse.org. Here is the breakdown: