How To Speak With Authority

You cannot avoid public speaking as a youth minister. Whether it’s workshops or a part of your regular job communicating a message is inevitable.  But, if you want that message to stick you need to do it with authority.

It’s not just what you say, it’s also how you say it.  That means knowing how to speak with authority. To build authority and engage your audience you need to:

What You Need To Do To Have Your Ministry Noticed

It can be a struggle to get your ministry noticed by the rest of the church. As a youth minister you know teens can contribute and have an impact. The challenge is getting other people to see it too.

If your youth ministry isn’t noticed it can feel like an afterthought. So, how does a ministry rise to the surface?  How do you start getting others to invest and advocate for you? It begins by:

What To Do When Teenagers Stop Showing Up

No one had shown up to their small group.  I could tell morale for these leaders were at an all time low.  No one likes to feel like a failure.  The truth is that life happens.  And there are many reasons teens will stop showing up.

Whatever you do, do NOT assume there is only one reason to why they won’t show.  When you assume you start creating scapegoats which alleviate responsibility from your shoulders.  When teens stop showing up or have missed for a while you need to:

Where You Should Set Your Expectations

A part of youth ministry is disappointment. Volunteers will quit when you are already short staffed. Teenager who are growing in faith will hit stumbling blocks. You’ll have parents no show after you’ve spent hours putting together a workshop for their benefit.

 

While you are allowed to be disappointed and angry, you also need realistic expectations.  The goal in youth ministry is to CHALLENGE  and ENCOURAGE.  The problem is when we set people up to fail and discourage them instead.

To communicate and set realistic expectations you need to:

What It Looks Like To REALLY Partner With Parents

Even as a parent I still find serving other parents a little overwhelming. One moment they can seem pleasant, the next moment it feels like they are coming at you with a thousand emotions. It can drive a youth minister crazy. If you are intimidated or overwhelmed by parents the problem isn’t them, it’s your strategy for serving them.

A lot of youth ministers (Including myself) have pounded the drum, “PARTNER WITH PARENTS” and “GET THE PARENTS MORE INVOLVED“. Here’s the question: