Sometimes the largest obstacles to your own success are right there in front of you. In fact they can be the most difficult to notice because they are personal. But, if not addressed they can lead you to frustration and burnout.
Early on I struggled to get out of my own way. Things were not going the way I had hoped. I tried to control them and only found let down. I was frustrated because:
To be a professional youth minister takes a lot of work. It’s something we all know, but what it means to be a professional youth minister isn’t always clear.
I can show up to work in jeans, and throw pizza parties. And, I’m responsible for the spiritual journey of the thousands of teenagers in my zip code.
Many times people see the pizza, but not the burden of a professional youth minister. That needs to change. To go beyond pizza and lock-ins youth ministry needs to be taken seriously. To do that you need to:
I grew up only a few minutes away from George Washington’s Headquarters in Morristown, NJ. I enjoyed the legend the came with this great leader. Whether it was crossing the Delaware to surprise the Brits or delivering an ultimatum to the French in the French and Indian War.
While youth ministry might not require you to lead a group of teens across a freezing river in the dead of winter, it will present some leadership moments.
If you want to be a leader that people will follow and trust, then you need to embrace certain traits. For example leaders:
Every year our church hosts the Matter Conference and one thing we encourage is networking. The problem that many people face is not knowing who to network with.
If you network with the right people it will help you. You network with the wrong people it could pull you down. Networking is necessary; but, it’s not always easy. Some of the reasons we don’t network are because:
As a kid I remember the excitement of going door to door on Halloween yelling, “Trick or Treat“. Each time I got candy. I never had to trick someone. And, honestly I didn’t want to. I didn’t have time for tricks.
As a youth minister I still don’t have time for tricks. But, I often find myself believing the lies and pressures that come with youth ministry. In fact all youth ministers face the same pressures. While each of them are unique if you fall for them it’ll put your ministry in danger.
Four tricks that take away the sweetness of youth ministry are: