Moving from summer to fall means a new season of ministry. Chances are your weeks will move quicker and your days will feel long. After a night of ministry you just want to collapse and sleep in the next day. But, you know you can’t, because there is another long day just ahead.
Anytime you transition from one season to the next you need to make adjustments. Change will naturally tire you and wear you out. Because ministry is organic you cannot just stop, you need to keep going. What you need to know is how to bounce back. That means:
I didn’t always get it right. For many years I just needed bodies. I wasn’t looking for the right people or a solid community. I just needed numbers. While filling up holes in your ministry team is important, it’s not as important as building the core.
Last night we rallied our leaders together to kickoff another season of youth ministry. I love these events because they not only get the year started right, they are also a chance to invest in your ministry core.
Burnout seems to sneak up on you. It starts as irritation or exhaustion and then next thing you know you are hiding under the covers wondering, “Is there any hope of me finding happiness?” The reason most youth ministers find themselves in burnout is because they ignored the warning signs.
The other night I went out for a run. I reached the end the block and then immediately turned around. There was a flash of lightning followed immediately by a thunderous boom. I took this warning sign serious and headed back towards my house.
It’s not always clear exactly what gets us to the point of burnout. And that’s because there is no one point but a series of events. To avoid burnout all together you need to:
Professional Development Webinar Series
Best Practices In Youth Ministry
Presented by Ave Maria Press
There are a number of opportunities and challenges facing youth ministers in the Church today. One of the best ways to improve the way we reach out to and build relationships with Catholic teenagers is to share ideas with others in the field.
Ave Maria Press has invited me and a few of my friends in the trenches of youth ministry to share and discuss some of our best practices, success stories and growth moments. This event is September 30th, 2014 from 3pm – 4pm EST. To register click here.
Some of the topics for discussion will include:
- Defining your youth ministry mission, vision, and goals
- Getting teens to come to events
- How to use technology to communicate with teens today
- Building relationships with parents
- Recruiting volunteers
- Effective time management
Joining me on this incredible panel are:
St. John the Evangelist
Panama City, FL
Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church
Lake Charles, LA
The Ave Maria Press Professional Webinar Series is presented in partnership with the National Association for Lay Ministry, the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership, and the National Federation of Priests’ Councils.
I moved around a lot as a kid. The hardest part about it was being the new guy. Especially going to school, I was never sure if I was doing the right thing or in the right place. It was overwhelming.
Big or small your ministry is going to experience new teens. The question you have to answer is:
“How are you going to welcome them?”
While it’s not rocket science it does take intentionality. Here are four steps you can take to make your ministry more welcoming to new teens: