We all hope that day will come when a line of people randomly show up to serve in your ministry. But, that never happens. You need to go find the right people. But, asking someone to serve is intimidating.
It’s complicated because we’ve bought into the lies of who should serve and how to get them. Those lies hold us back from extending an invitation. To move past the myths that hold us back you need to debunk them.
5 myths that have held me back from asking people to serve were:
I’m asked, “How do I get more out of my leaders?” We know the more we get out of our leaders the better our ministry will be.
It’s a loaded question. It’s a question that deals with getting volunteers to show up to trainings. It’s making sure everyone is showing up equipped and ready to go. The truth is to get more you need to:
Now that Rebuilding Youth Ministry is out people have asked me how it all started. The how was simple. I took blog posts and journal entries together. But, the why I started writing is a whole different question.
So, why did I start writing the book? Someone invited me to share my story. And I accepted the invitation to share my story because of how much I’ve benefitted from the stories of fellow youth workers. And I think it’s important for you to do the same.
I’m not suggesting that you write a book, but I think it’s important for all youth workers to share their story in some way or another because:
Earlier this week I spoke on the Ave Maria Press Webinar “Rebuilding Youth Ministry In Your Parish“. What I loved about the webinar were the amount of questions that I received from listeners.
While there were several questions that caught my attention, one stood out above the rest. The question was:
I used to get angry when people critiqued my speaking ability. They said I would speak too long, or I made too many points. The truth was that I lacked discipline.
Youth ministry is messy but it needs structure. In order to create a laid back, relational, come as you are environment you need to have systems in place. The problem is: