Fear is one of the biggest enemies to your ministry’s growth. If unaddressed you’ll drive yourself crazy wondering, “Why isn’t anything happening?”
Fear is deceiving because you can have the right plans, and right people in place, but if you can’t pull the trigger they become irrelevant. As youth ministers you need to overcome you fears, especially your:
Leading a youth ministry can get personal. You pour your time, effort and energy into making it the best experience possible. But then your questioned by skeptics and critics. And the challenge becomes about how you respond.
The reason you are questioned as a leader is because you are creating change. That makes people nervous and anxious. And nervous and anxious people look for something to challenge. What you need to do is put together a plan that diffuses the situation and that involves:
You might not want to admit to it, but your religious ed isn’t doing what you want it to do. You decide the only solution is to overhaul the entire program, but how?
First, make sure you are not alone on this. Ask your team, consult your pastor and make sure you just aren’t feeling stuck. To overhaul your religious ed and create a real discipleship program you need to:
I grew up only a few minutes away from George Washington’s Headquarters in Morristown, NJ. I enjoyed the legend the came with this great leader. Whether it was crossing the Delaware to surprise the Brits or delivering an ultimatum to the French in the French and Indian War.
While youth ministry might not require you to lead a group of teens across a freezing river in the dead of winter, it will present some leadership moments.
If you want to be a leader that people will follow and trust, then you need to embrace certain traits. For example leaders:
No one, especially my pastor, likes to be caught off guard. Surprises allow emotions to take over and it causes the situation to grow complex. When my pastor had to learn from a separate source that I lost money on a fundraiser, he definitely showed and expressed his disappointment.
It was a difficult moment. One where I wanted to cry, yell and hide. Instead I just stood there as he chewed me out. That night I didn’t know how I was going to move on from that moment. Fortunately, the next day was a new day and it was new beginning. He and I were able to resolve the situation and move forward.
It’s not easy when your boss chews you out. Not sure if you are defensive, but fighting back isn’t the way to go. Maybe you just take it like a sponge, but holding on too long will break you apart. When you get chewed or called out by your leader the best thing to do is: