Every successful youth ministry builds momentum. To have momentum takes planning, creativity and especially CONSISTENCY.
Too many ministries meet on an infrequent basis. While you might create great moments your teens want something more. A consistent ministry is one that focuses on:
There are a lot of great ways to advertise for your ministry (Check out my friends at Parishdesigner.com) but that’s only half the battle. While marketing is important you need to know how to sell what you do.
I know sales and youth ministry seems wrong, but in reality there is a lot of noise competing for the time and attention of the next generation. Not only are you trying to sell your teens on coming to church but adults to invest in the next generation. They way to sell youth ministry and not your soul is by:
Remember when communicating was simple? If you wanted teens to come to an event you sent home a flyer. If you wanted people to join your volunteer team you shot them an email. Sadly, those days are long gone.
To get people to move and accept an invitation takes more than an email. It takes a strategy, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. If you want to recruit more volunteers, invite more teens and get people on board with your vision you need to:
There is the pastor that never shows up or even asks about your ministry. Then there is the one who is more involved than he should be. Both can drive a youth minister nuts.
The question isn’t which one would you prefer, but how can you plug in your pastor without having him take over? While some might prefer one over the other you need to have your pastor involved to a certain degree because your ministry is an extension of his own.
To plug him in and maintain boundaries it’s important to:
Football is back and so is a new season of youth ministry. And just like football there will be times when you need to make a last second change.
Maybe it’s a snowstorm or a shortage of volunteers. Maybe you are dealing with failed technology or low turnout. No matter the obstacle you need to be prepared to pull an audible. And the way you prepare is by: