On May 2nd, 2015 I’ll be presenting a breakout at the 14th Regional Stewardship Conference. I will cover the topic of Rebuilding Youth Ministry In Your Parish at 11:00am and 1:15pm. My coworker Tom Corcoran (Co Author of Rebuilt and Tools for Rebuilding) will be the main keynote speaker.
I was frustrated. It didn’t matter how much time I spent preparing for the weekend there was always something going wrong. I would wonder, “When are people going to get it?”
The problem was that I was searching for perfection. All I found was frustration. I would wonder, “If perfection is impossible then I shouldn’t worry so much about quality, right?”:
I haven’t been running for a while. I had a bad muscle pull in my lower back. It kept me from doing something I loved. Finally this past week I’ve been able to get back into routine and it stinks.
Some of us like structure and others of us hate it, but we all need it. You need routine in your ministry because it keeps you focused. To develop a productive routine that you could actually enjoy is challenging, but it’s possible as long as you:
We all hope that day will come when a line of people randomly show up to serve in your ministry. But, that never happens. You need to go find the right people. But, asking someone to serve is intimidating.
It’s complicated because we’ve bought into the lies of who should serve and how to get them. Those lies hold us back from extending an invitation. To move past the myths that hold us back you need to debunk them.
5 myths that have held me back from asking people to serve were:
It could be the greatest night of ministry ever, but you don’t feel that way. You can’t explain why you didn’t enjoy it like your volunteers or teens did. All you hear is a voice telling you, “It wasn’t good enough.”
One of the biggest battles a youth minister will face is self-doubt. It hits us all, even in times of great success. While we cannot always control it’s source there are some actions we can take to move through it. If you are battling self-doubt or questioning your ability to lead look at: