Fear is one of the biggest enemies to your ministry’s growth. If unaddressed you’ll drive yourself crazy wondering, “Why isn’t anything happening?”
Fear is deceiving because you can have the right plans, and right people in place, but if you can’t pull the trigger they become irrelevant. As youth ministers you need to overcome you fears, especially your:
It’s a dinner time with family when your cell phone rings. You don’t recognize the number but you know it has something to do with work. You ask yourself the question, “Do I need to answer this?”
As a youth minister you want to be available for your teens, and their parents. But, you also know you have to protect your time, and your personal relationships. There will always be tension, the question is how do you balance it all?
One challenge every leader faces is when to bend and when to stand firm. You don’t want to seem unruly but then again protecting the integrity of what you do is important.
In youth ministry requests to make exceptions come in many different forms. Requests come from parents, teenagers, your pastor and volunteers. Some are predictable and others are very personal. In the end you need to discern:
Leading a youth ministry can get personal. You pour your time, effort and energy into making it the best experience possible. But then your questioned by skeptics and critics. And the challenge becomes about how you respond.
The reason you are questioned as a leader is because you are creating change. That makes people nervous and anxious. And nervous and anxious people look for something to challenge. What you need to do is put together a plan that diffuses the situation and that involves:
I used to get angry when people critiqued my speaking ability. They said I would speak too long, or I made too many points. The truth was that I lacked discipline.
Youth ministry is messy but it needs structure. In order to create a laid back, relational, come as you are environment you need to have systems in place. The problem is: