A healthy parish is going to have a healthy youth ministry program. Without the next generation, a church loses its appeal for families. It lacks in enthusiasm and seldom changes. A church without a healthy youth ministry is essentially dying.
If you want to help your church grow you need to make sure your youth ministry program is more than over glorified babysitting for teenagers. A healthy youth ministry has:
What are you giving up this Lent? That seems to be the question most people ask during this time of year. But, is that the right question?
What if there were different questions we needed to ask this season? What if the focus were a little different? What if the questions we needed to ask were:
Getting volunteers for you ministry should be simple, right? What if I told you it is as long as you don’t overcomplicate it.
The secret to gaining volunteers for your ministry is not really a secret. It’s a simple strategy that begins with:
If you feel drained, it’s normal. Working for the church is draining but it can also be fulfilling. You just need to know how to heal anytime you have been scarred.
While the temptation might be to grab a bag of chips, watch a Sylvester Stallone movie and then eat a bowl of ice cream (Okay, maybe that’s just me), there are better ways to recover from the pain and endure the journey by:
From time to time youth ministers send me their job descriptions and one thing that sticks out to me every time is their responsibility to Incorporate youth more into the life of the parish.
It’s a phrase we’ve all heard. It’s something we get the gist of, it’s just not always clear what that should look like. If you want teenagers more active on the weekend then you need to develop an: