Maybe you ask this question after a rough encounter with a parent. Maybe you wonder this thought after an evening where nothing went according to plan. It’s a question I’ve heard asked countless amounts of times.
Does youth ministry get easier over time?
It does and it doesn’t. In some areas it should and then in other areas it shouldn’t. The first step to approaching that question is to:
I wish I could tell you that I’ve had a 100% retention rate for volunteers in my ministry. I wish I could tell you that people have only left because of positive reasons. That would be a lie.
People will leave your ministry and it hurts when they do. You might want to take it personally but the truth is there are many reasons. But, is it possible to avoid turnover?
There are going to be moments when you don’t see the results you hope for. When expectations aren’t met you want to find a reason. While it might be tempting it’s important to avoid making excuses.
While excuses can be justified they often don’t lead to solutions. And while there are several excuses we can make their are 5 youth ministers should especially avoid:
Ministries become stale for a variety of reasons; however, they all link back to the same source: LEADERSHIP.
If you aren’t looking at ways of increasing and improving your leadership you could lose your ministry. You will hit routines that will lead to a lack of relevancy or an increase in burnout. To stay fresh as a leader you need to:
A few months ago fellow blogger and friend Tom Pounder (@ymsidekick) invited me and a few other ministry bloggers to be a part of Summer Ministry Vlog Week (#SMVW16).
Courtesy of Tom Pounder
It’s something I’m really excited to be a part of and you might be wondering, “What is it?”