Permission forms, teenage drama, and helicopter parents are a few of the things that can make youth ministry complicated. While some of it you can control others you have to just deal with.
Youth ministry will be messy but it doesn’t have to be complex. As a youth minister you need to work hard to keep your processes and programs simple. To accomplish simplicity you need to:
Parents used to scare me. I used to think they were out to get me because many interactions were filled with criticism, disappointment and stress.
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It’s taken me years of ministry and having kids of my own to realize that parent’s are not looking to pick a fight. Instead they are looking for assistance, insight and guidance when it comes to their own teenager. As youth ministers we need to come alongside of parents by:
I’m someone who loves to laugh and have a good time. I’m also someone who doesn’t like to waste time. If I’m ever in that situation the first question that pops into my mind is, “Why are we doing this?”
The question comes from a need of purpose. And in youth ministry it’s easy to do a ton of things that have no purpose, including fun.
Now fun does belong in youth ministry. In fact it’s an important part of reaching out to teenagers and growing disciples because it can:
In high school I was on a baseball team that couldn’t win even if we paid the other team to forfeit. We had talent, and skill, we just lacked cohesiveness. We weren’t exactly the epitome of team.
If you work in a parish you are a part of a team. Even if you are the only youth minister. There are men and women that you need to rely because cohesiveness is key. It’s so important for any staff to have because: