I keep telling myself that I have to make time to meet with my volunteers. The problem is that life is so busy for me and them. In the end it can be overwhelming and easy to feel stuck.
Building a dynamic team for your ministry would be easy if life happened in a vacuum. Unfortunately, it seems like no one has time to connect, meet and grow together. So how do train your volunteers while you are constantly on the go?
I love these first couple of weeks of the new year because you run into college students coming back from break. Some of them are excited to see you and others are hoping you don’t ask the question, “Have you been going to church?”
As youth ministers we care if our teens continue to grow as disciples after they leave our ministry. The tendency is to ask about their spiritual life, but maybe we should take a different approach. Before getting into their spiritual life:
Nothing is more frustrating then spending copious amounts of time planning an event only having no one attend. It’s a moments where we ask, “Is this really worth the effort?” But, that might be the wrong question.
Before you ask, “Is this worth it?” you should ask, “How clear is my communication and marketing?” It’s an odd question to ask in youth ministry, but with so much noise competing for the time and attention of teens and parents you need to have a strategy. To get people to show you need to:
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: