I met my wife over ten years ago. We were both volunteers in Baltimore City with dreams of changing the world. She was with me through my interview process at my current church. My wife has been there through my ups and downs and is one of the reasons I’m still in ministry today.
Over the years my wife has been involved. For some married youth ministers it’s natural to have your spouse involved, especially when they feel called to ministry. But, what happens when the spouse doesn’t feel called or has a full-time (or part-time) job of their own? It can be a challenge; however, if your spouse is involved they can be your biggest ally. If you want to involve them be sure you:
As I’m planning for the fall and making sure leaders are contacting their small groups, I reflect on my own. It’s hard to believe they’ll all be seniors. It felt like yesterday that I was meeting them for the first time as scrawny little freshmen. Today they tower over me and make sure I know it. The most rewarding aspect of my group of guys is witnessing the depth that has occurred. What started as shallow guy talk has evolved over the year to true Christian accountability.
Small groups are an essential part to your ministry; however, they aren’t as simple as grabbing a group of teenagers together and asking questions. Small groups need to be able to go deeper, even when they aren’t meeting. That means making small groups a focus of your student ministry, and it also means: