Events for youth can be fun; however, they can also be completely exhausting. You put in a lot of work recruiting volunteers, advertising to the community and putting together logistics. Despite the results you can be left wondering, “Is this worth it?”
If you want your youth ministry to grow at a healthy pace then you need to invest in small groups. The reason small groups are important to the success of your youth ministry is because:
As summer is quickly approaching the temptation is to wind down and relax. The reality is you can’t afford to shut things down completely. In fact now is the perfect time to plan and prepare for the next year.
How do you prepare for the next year? It’s about bringing your key people together and making sure you have a comprehensive plan. To develop a solid plan you need to make sure your meeting involves:
Early on in my ministry when the attendance numbers would drop I wondered, “When am I going to make it?” I was working out of frustration because my expectations of success weren’t being met.
Success has so many more signs than attendance numbers. It’s more than awards and public praise. And success doesn’t signify that you’ve made it to a point where you can sit back and relax. Success in youth ministry means:
REI recently launched their #Optout campaign. According to USA Today:
REI is taking direct aim at the frenzied consumerism that dominates the holidays with a message to do the exact opposite of what Black Friday demands. (Read more HERE)
I personally like REI, and I applaud what they are doing (Even if it’s a PR stunt), but it’s a reminder that consumerism is something to watch out for in every area of life, even youth ministry.
Teenagers will come to your youth ministry looking for something. It might be a great time, deeper relationships or just an escape from reality. As youth ministers we have to embrace this type of consumerism; however, we cannot allow teenagers to stay there. In the end we have to help them:
There will be times when you are going to have to choose between family and ministry. Sometimes it’s obvious, but then there are those times when you just don’t know.
If you love your family and love your job there will be times when choosing between the two is tough. There are demands for your time, and attention, which can be overwhelming. The only way to navigate through those decisions is by: