Ever wonder what makes a youth ministry successful? Sure, it has great resources, well thought out programs and a community that will invest in it, but it all starts with a Highly Effective Youth Minister.
A highly effective youth minister is a leader worth following. They are someone who not only knows how to reach the next generation but mobilize adults to make the ministry a movement. To be a highly effective youth minister you need to:
Maybe it’s been a parent chewing you out or a volunteer giving you critiques you didn’t want to hear, we’ve all faced criticism that leaves us feeling empty.
While you might want to fight back the best thing you can do is stay positive. Stay positive and develop a plan that will help you diffuse the situation. 5 Steps that have helped me stay positive are:
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: