What You Need To Do To Get The Year Started Right

Kickoff to the year is close.  As we get ready for another year of ministry at Church of the Nativity I can’t help but wonder, “Are we really ready?”

It’s a hard question to answer and you won’t really know the answer until you’ve started.  But, in the meantime it takes more than just planning curriculum.  To get the year started right you need to make sure you are:

What To Do With Difficult Parents

It’s easy to go online and find a rant from some teacher, or youth minister griping about parents.  The comments range from, “They just don’t care!”  to “They are suffocating their kids!”  Parents are challenging, but necessary.

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If you want your ministry to be strong you need a healthy approach to parents, even the difficult ones.  Instead of pushing them away, look at loving them.  That means:

5 Tips To Make Your Messages Engaging

Teenagers aren’t going to learn if you just hand them a book and say, “Read”.  They need someone to speak into their lives and give them a message that will inspire, motivate, encourage and challenge them.

Your youth ministry is a place where that message needs to be delivered.  But, it’s more than just getting up on a stage and talking.  Your message needs to be relevant and engaging.  To do that you need to:

3 Ways To Keep Your Ministry Simple

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:

5 Ways To Come Alongside Of Parents

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: