One of the hardest things for me to learn in youth ministry was how to set a schedule. Busy seasons would turn into the norm and instead of feeling excited about what I do I grew tired and resentful.
I know I’m not alone, it’s something I hear from youth ministers I talk to regularly. Setting a schedule is difficult and if you don’t set one yourself someone is going to set it for you. If you are feeling like your schedule is a little crazy (Or doesn’t exist) make sure you start:
The week to week grind is pretty hectic. You wake up and it’s Monday, you blink and the week is gone. Deadlines are approaching and you panic because nothing feels ready for your night of ministry.
While you can’t add more hours to the day, you can be more efficient with those hours. Just because youth ministry is messy doesn’t mean you have to be disorganized. To get margin when time seems to fly:
The snow is melting at a rapid rate and the temperature is finally manageable. You can almost taste summer and that means summer camps, volunteer training and content planning are on the horizon.
While summer’s official start is still a few months away, it’s important to start preparing now. If you can get ahead of the curve you can maximize your time and be better prepared for the juggernaut that fall brings.
To approach the summer correctly you need to:
One of the keys to a growing ministry is how efficiently and effectively it’s run. Granted things do not need to be perfect, but they should be done with a level of excellence.
So, how does one do youth ministry effectively when it can be quite messy? How can you have organic growth and an efficient program? It comes down to:
Our staff was reflecting on the past year and the question was asked, “What did you learn last year?” One staff member shared that he learned, “How you start something matters.”
Imagine a youth ministry more efficient and productive. Imagine having margin in your week. All of those would be possible if you started out strong. To get there you need to change a few things. To start any project or program on the right foot you need to: