If you grew up in a youth ministry you were impacted by some adult who poured time and energy into you. They might be the reason you got involved. You love what they did and now that you are in it, you realize it looks different.
There is MORE to ministry than just hanging out. The MORE involves administrative duties as well as pastoral. You might feel more inclined to the latter because you want to pay forward what you received. But, the reality is leadership in youth ministry also requires that you:
When I’m asked, “How do I get my pastor on board?” I immediately respond with a question, “How is the relationship with your pastor?” Most times the answer isn’t clear and that’s a problem.
The relationship with your pastor is important. If you don’t trust or respect his leadership you are probably in the wrong place. If you feel like it has potential, but needs to be improved then you need to:
I often get asked, “How did we get so many adults serving in our student programs?” While I would love to say the answer is my good looks and charm it’s been the ability to let go.
Being a leader that actually delegates can be a painful process, but it’s totally worth it. By letting go and letting others lead, people will be more willing to commit for the long haul.
So, how do you let go?
Now that Rebuilding Youth Ministry is out people have asked me how it all started. The how was simple. I took blog posts and journal entries together. But, the why I started writing is a whole different question.
So, why did I start writing the book? Someone invited me to share my story. And I accepted the invitation to share my story because of how much I’ve benefitted from the stories of fellow youth workers. And I think it’s important for you to do the same.
I’m not suggesting that you write a book, but I think it’s important for all youth workers to share their story in some way or another because:
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: