Last week Church of the Nativity hosted the Matter Conference. In my breakout Commissioning the Next Generation I was asked, “What do you do to prevent teenagers from walking away from church after Confirmation?”
While we have not fixed the program we’ve realized that there are some systems that have needed to change. By changing the systems we are giving people clarity and setting them up for a more enriching experience. The three systems we’ve addressed that have caused the biggest impact are:
Early on I thought leadership was simply being in charge of a group of individuals. Tell people what to do and they’ll do it because you are in charge.
Leaders do not run programs or people, they create movements. They take the organization and their team to a new level. If you want to be a leader that creates a movement then you need to focus on:
There was a point in my ministry when I had plenty of volunteers; however, the ministry wasn’t growing. The problem was a lack of leadership. People would do what I asked, but never take it to the next level.
While it might be easy to blame your ministers for never taking the reigns, the truth is you might be holding them back. To take your volunteers to the next level of leadership you need to make sure you:
One of the hardest things for me to learn in youth ministry was how to set a schedule. Busy seasons would turn into the norm and instead of feeling excited about what I do I grew tired and resentful.
I know I’m not alone, it’s something I hear from youth ministers I talk to regularly. Setting a schedule is difficult and if you don’t set one yourself someone is going to set it for you. If you are feeling like your schedule is a little crazy (Or doesn’t exist) make sure you start:
Youth ministry can feel like an island. Even after 10 years of youth ministry their are moments where I feel alone, and abandoned by the rest of the church. It stinks, and can be debilitating.
Maybe you’ve felt this way, and if you have I’m here to tell you that you are not alone. You are not alone in youth ministry and the way you can combat that feeling is by: