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:
Regardless of what happens I’m wiped after a night of youth ministry. Maybe I’m physically tired from the high energy or emotionally drained from a student’s testimony. Regardless, I’m drained and need to be refueled.
As a youth minister you need to know how to refuel and reenergize yourself constantly. While there are some better practices you can inherit one of the best ways to invest in yourself is by finding people to pour into you because:
There are times when I wake up on a Friday and wonder, “Did we have high school ministry last night or did I go clubbing?” Youth ministry can be exhausting and as I get older I realize it can be a drain.
As a youth minister you’ll be emotionally, physically, spiritually and mentally pushed. And, if you aren’t guarding yourself it’ll burn you out. To properly guard against the grind you need to make sure you:
I like being comfortable. It means no conflict or stress. It’s a feeling of, “I’ve finally made it.” The problem is when the comfort stays around too long.
If you stay too comfortable you begin to loose effectiveness. Instead of growing disciples you start growing consumers. To avoid growing consumers and losing impact you need to make sure you know what it’s like to be too comfortable. Some of the signs are you are too comfortable is when:
When I hit this time of year I feel like I’ve just crossed a finish line. It’s that natural feeling of the grind being over and this desire to check out. While I just want to take a break, I know it’s better to take the time to invest in myself.
As a leader you are constantly investing in teens, their families, leaders and the local church. You give, and give until you can’t give anymore. Before you empty yourself out, plot out a season where you can invest in yourself and: