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:
We all hope that day will come when a line of people randomly show up to serve in your ministry. But, that never happens. You need to go find the right people. But, asking someone to serve is intimidating.
It’s complicated because we’ve bought into the lies of who should serve and how to get them. Those lies hold us back from extending an invitation. To move past the myths that hold us back you need to debunk them.
5 myths that have held me back from asking people to serve were:
I often get asked, “How did we get so many adults serving in our student programs?” While I would love to say the answer is my good looks and charm it’s been the ability to let go.
Being a leader that actually delegates can be a painful process, but it’s totally worth it. By letting go and letting others lead, people will be more willing to commit for the long haul.
So, how do you let go?
With Thanksgiving less than a week away it’s easy to get caught up in the Christmas rush. But, before you start getting into the Christmas spirit take time to reflect and analyze the last few months of ministry.
You might not feel like there is a lot to work with, but a mid year review is valuable. It will help you see what needs adjusting. You can look at what is going on behind the scenes. And, it will give you the insight you need to make sure you stay on course.
To get started you need to ask the right people and 4 groups you should start with are: