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expectations

Why Nothing Seems To Change

By | LEADERSHIP, Uncategorized

Last week I was in Austria meeting with church leaders and what struck me was the similarity in some of the obstacles they faced. When it comes to reaching the next generation they were finding despite all their efforts nothing was changing.

Youth ministry can get frustrating because the amount of work you put into it doesn’t always match the reward you expect to get from it.  This can only mean two things, you either need to: Read More

The 4 Keys To A Dynamic Confirmation Program

By | SYSTEMS AND STRUCTURES

Confirmation preparation isn’t always a process people want to embrace.  While it’s an important part of the Catholic (and other denominations) faith formation it’s often filled with consumeristic demands and requirements that can make it a logistical nightmare for both parents, teens and parish employees.

The solution?  Is to change your perspective as the leader.  Instead of hesitating and going into the program reluctantly you need to embrace it and make sure you aren’t just going through the motions.  To build a dynamic Confirmation preparation it’s not just about the content, it’s also about: Read More

How To Get Teens Excited About Serving

By | LEADERSHIP, Uncategorized

I love helping out a teenager; however, my eyes roll every time I have to sign off on a service hour requirement for school.  While I love the fact that teens are getting involved I don’t like that it’s become a requirement.

Teenagers need to serve because it helps them grow as disciples, but making them do it as a requirement is not the answer.  If you want to grow disciples who serve locally, nationally and internationally because they Love God and Love Others then you need to make sure you: Read More

How Involved Should Your Pastor Be?

By | MINISTRY HEALTH

There is the pastor that never shows up or even asks about your ministry.  Then there is the one who is more involved than he should be.  Both can drive a youth minister nuts.

The question isn’t which one would you prefer, but how can you plug in your pastor without having him take over?  While some might prefer one over the other you need to have your pastor involved to a certain degree because your ministry is an extension of his own.

To plug him in and maintain boundaries it’s important to:

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4 Steps To Set Up Your Ministers For Success

By | LEADERSHIP

It started out as frustration and quickly turned into resentment.  My expectations as a leader were not being met.  People weren’t performing the tasks or doing them subpar.  After sharing this disappointment with a youth minister friend he was quick to point out that I was a part of the problem.

I had expectations, but I wasn’t doing anything to set my team up for success.  Instead I assumed that they would just pick up their roles and responsibilities naturally.  I learned to set them up for success you need to: Read More

Where You Should Set Your Expectations

By | LEADERSHIP

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:

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Why Volunteers Leave Your Program

By | MINISTRY HEALTH

Losing a volunteer is never easy. It does not matter the reason because it can always feel personal. The question you need to answer is, “Is there something I could have done to prevent them from leaving?”

There are some situations that are completely out of our control.  When life happens and people change it’s only natural to move on.  It’s in those situations where you need to make sure the person does not feel guilty for leaving.  But, then there are the situations you can control.  What about them?  

The reason a volunteer will leave your ministry is because: Read More

How To Help Volunteers Meet Your Expectations

By | COMMUNICATION, Uncategorized

“How could they mess this up?”  I had sent my volunteers the link for the game, but none of them came prepared.  There I was bailing them out once again.  Then it dawned on me, “I don’t think I told them to do anything more than check the link out.”  

It is frustrating when it feels like your volunteers are just not getting it.  You think about all the reasons why they aren’t meeting expectations, when the reality the reason could be you.  Before you blame your volunteers for being incompetent, complacent or disloyal, ask yourself whether or not you have: Read More

4 Tasks You Have To Do Before The Next Meeting

By | SYSTEMS AND STRUCTURES

The months of May and June are very busy for us.  While we take a step back from the usual programming there are still a lot of tasks that need to be done.  To reach our goals means rallying together our volunteers.  That means plenty of meetings.

Meetings are important in youth ministry.  They allow you to:

  • Cast Vision
  • Hash Out Ideas
  • Celebrate Accomplishments
  • Build Community

They have the potential to bring your ministry to the next level. BUT, they need to be done well  A volunteer needs to feel like it’s worth their while or they will not show up.  So before you plan that next meeting make sure you tackle these 4 tasks: Read More