A growing ministry will always demand more of your time, energy and attention. If you try to do it all on your own you will fail. You need other leaders to serve alongside of you. So, where do you find them?
There isn’t a secret lair where leaders hide. There isn’t a magic formula that you can concoct at home. The way you build leaders to expand your capacity is by learning how to:
This past Friday I returned from Haiti with a group of adults and students. It was our church’s first intergenerational international missions trip. It was also the largest group we had ever taken. But, despite all these firsts it was a huge success.
One of the reasons the trip was so successful is because of the hard work put in by Brian Crook and our Missions Department at Nativity. As one of the participants (And point person for the youth) it was clear that the success was due to the leadership understanding that:
Day to day ministry is a battle. On top of all the emails, phone calls and meetings popping up it can feel like there is problem after problem to tackle. At the end of the day you are glad just to survive, but you wonder, “Have I made a difference?”
Being stuck in urgency is what kills productivity. In fact if all you are doing is putting out fires then you’ll never find progress nor satisfaction in your ministry. What you need to do is take the time to:
Every ministry is meant to grow. As more volunteers, teens and opportunities cross your plate so does the need to build a leadership team.
Your leadership team is a group of people who are not only willing to sacrifice time but take your ministry to a new level. To know who needs to be on your core leadership team depends on how they answer the following questions:
Youth ministry can easily become a 24/7 operation. Office hours are filled with planning and organizing. Then there are the meetings and if you throw in being “on call” if a parent or teen needs you life can get crazy quickly. But, that’s not healthy.
A healthy youth ministry has a healthy youth minister. A healthy youth minister is someone who is rested, refreshed and ready to go. To find that rest, peace of mind and build margin you need to learn how to turn it off by: