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:
If given the option, time, money and support most people would create their own content. The reality is that many of those things are in short supply. Therefore, the next best option is outsourcing. The question is, “What resources to use?”
Outsourcing while it can save you time does cost money. And not every resource is right for every youth minister. While recommendations and endorsements are helpful the best way to know which resource is right for your youth ministry is by:
When I became a youth minister I took the biggest salary increase ever. Of course before I was a youth minister I was a volunteer making $500/month. Youth ministry won’t be the highest paying job out there, but it doesn’t have to be the lowest either.
Professional youth ministry involves sacrifice. But, that doesn’t mean you have to be pinching pennies to survive. There are options like working a second job, or if you are married having your spouse work. But, in the end the healthiest thing to do is:
One of the biggest mistakes we make in youth ministry is assuming every teen that walks in the door is on the same page. We assume our audience has the same religious education, and family background. We believe they are all facing the same pressures. When you assume you end up missing the target.
You’ll know you are missing the target audience when you see that: