Last week I was in Austria meeting with church leaders and what struck me was the similarity in some of the obstacles they faced. When it comes to reaching the next generation they were finding despite all their efforts nothing was changing.
Youth ministry can get frustrating because the amount of work you put into it doesn’t always match the reward you expect to get from it. This can only mean two things, you either need to:
Yesterday our parish had it’s annual offsite staff day. It’s an exercise going back years to help us get on the same page to create an amazing year of message series, programs and ministry. In a way it’s our most important day as staff.
Whether you follow an academic or calendar year it’s important to spend time with the team to plan your best year ever. But, it’s not as simple as gathering around a table and asking the question, “How are we going to do this?” You need to make sure you:
One of the challenges in ministry is difficult people. Those difficult people can be an angry parent, over demanding pastor or an energetic teenager. But, what if it’s one of your volunteers?
Volunteers are essential to your ministry. They help you reach more teens and grow more disciples. But, sometimes they show up late, try to take control over a program or just give you a hard time. You might want them to just go away or change, but really you need to:
Training your team can get costly in a variety of ways. You can waste people’s time and lose their trust if what you provide isn’t worth the sacrifice. To make it quality you spend a lot of money, which can drain your budget. We know meetings are important, but how do you make them worth it?
To ease the burden you need to:
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: