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:
It can be a struggle to get your ministry noticed by the rest of the church. As a youth minister you know teens can contribute and have an impact. The challenge is getting other people to see it too.
If your youth ministry isn’t noticed it can feel like an afterthought. So, how does a ministry rise to the surface? How do you start getting others to invest and advocate for you? It begins by:
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: