Have you ever doubted your ability to lead? Maybe it happened when something didn’t go according to plan, or maybe it felt like no one was listening. Doubt will creep in, but it shouldn’t linger.
How a leader becomes confident in his or her ability doesn’t happen overnight. Confidence is a choice that comes from developing a:
I’ll never forget the first time I was chewed out by a parent. I wanted to shut down and completely isolate myself from them. I remember thinking, “If parents didn’t have to be involved ministry would be so much easier.”
Parents can be one of the greatest challenges to your ministry; however, they can also be one of your greatest assets. If you want to be successful in youth ministry then you need to remember that parents matter because they:
A healthy parish is going to have a healthy youth ministry program. Without the next generation, a church loses its appeal for families. It lacks in enthusiasm and seldom changes. A church without a healthy youth ministry is essentially dying.
If you want to help your church grow you need to make sure your youth ministry program is more than over glorified babysitting for teenagers. A healthy youth ministry has:
From time to time youth ministers send me their job descriptions and one thing that sticks out to me every time is their responsibility to Incorporate youth more into the life of the parish.
It’s a phrase we’ve all heard. It’s something we get the gist of, it’s just not always clear what that should look like. If you want teenagers more active on the weekend then you need to develop an:
How would you rate the effectiveness of your volunteers? Are they helping you run a program or are they helping you create a movement? It’s your responsibility to make them the latter.
You don’t need volunteers to manage a program, you need them to take your ministry to a new level. While meetings and planning can help your team work together if you want them to work better: