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:
There are weeks where I have to seriously think hard about what I’ve accomplished. It’s almost like I walk into the office on Monday and all of a sudden I’m in meeting, answering phone calls and working hard to only feel like I barely survived.
If you aren’t careful it’s easy to work more hours and accomplish nothing. It’s a trap that everyone inside and outside of ministry faces. To get out of the rut of DOING and move towards SUCCEEDING. You need to make sure you:
Yesterday our parish had it’s annual offsite staff day. It’s an exercise going back years to help us get on the same page to create an amazing year of message series, programs and ministry. In a way it’s our most important day as staff.
Whether you follow an academic or calendar year it’s important to spend time with the team to plan your best year ever. But, it’s not as simple as gathering around a table and asking the question, “How are we going to do this?” You need to make sure you:
You ever feel like a punching bag? Maybe it’s after a parent has just torn you apart, the pastor isn’t happy with your progress or a teen literally punched you. You want to fight back, but you just don’t know how.
The balance between humility and humiliation can sometimes be blurry. You want to embrace the struggle that comes with church ministry, but the emotional, mental and sometimes physical pain can be too much.
It’s right there on your job description, even if you don’t see it. It’s a line that says, “All other duties assigned by the pastor.” It can be frustrating when all you want to do is youth ministry, but then again it could be a great opportunity.
Most churches are understaffed. And because there is a shortage of staff there is a need to take on different roles and responsibilities. Even though your title is “Youth Minister” you might find yourself: