Middle school students are predictably unpredictable. You could be talking about the Passion and next think you know one of them shouts out, “FART!” To do middle school youth ministry can feel insane.
While it takes a special person to lead a middle school youth ministry, it’s an area in faith formation that cannot be ignored because it’s:
When a church reaches out to me to help them find their next youth minister a common concern emerges. The don’t want to hire someone who is going to get OVERWHELMED EASILY and LEAVE TOO SOON.
Honestly, I can’t blame them. A church needs stability with their youth ministry because the life of a teenager is not. If you want to find the right person you need a recruitment strategy. According to Monster.com your recruitment strategy should address the following 5 areas:
Do you ever feel like the day flies by and you haven’t accomplished anything? Yeah, I’ve had that feeling too. In fact, it’s something I’ve often struggled with and that’s why a few weeks ago I attended a webinar on the 7 Deadly Sins of Productivity.
During that webinar, I realized that while I am constantly learning different ways of being productive, I was also sabotaging my own productivity by:
I’ll never forget the first time I was chewed out by a parent. I wanted to shut down and completely isolate myself from them. I remember thinking, “If parents didn’t have to be involved ministry would be so much easier.”
Parents can be one of the greatest challenges to your ministry; however, they can also be one of your greatest assets. If you want to be successful in youth ministry then you need to remember that parents matter because they:
I was asked in a radio interview, “Who has primary responsibility when it comes to teens and their faith formation? Is it the parents, the church or teens who should own their faith?”
At the heart of the question is another one, “Who is responsible for whether a teen stays or leaves the church?” The answer is: