Life gets crazy around this time of year. Summer is winding down (for some of us it’s over) and a full year of ministry awaits. There is content to write, ministers to recruit and it feels like a wave that’s going to crush you.
Breathe, because you can do this. The weeks leading up to something big, like the beginning of a season or a large event, can be daunting. You beg God to survive, but what if you could do more. If you want to thrive during times of pressure:
I’ve been at my job for almost 12 years. It’s a good chunk of time and it’s something that I’ve enjoyed. It’s changed my life and made me a better person; however, there have been times where I’ve wondered, “Do I still love doing this?”
Doesn’t matter where you work there are going to be times when you think about leaving. Why you leave matters and it isn’t a decision you should take lightly. If you aren’t sure whether to leave or go make sure you:
A thought that comes across our mind constantly is, “If I had more time I could…” It’s a frustrating thought because you aren’t sure how to find that time because you are so consumed with everything else.
But, what if it was possible to add more time to your schedule? What if you could increase your capacity so that you could do more and reach more teenagers? It’s possible and quite simple. It starts by:
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: