It’s heartbreaking when you learn a former teen is no longer going to church. You feel like a failure and wonder, “Could I have done something more?”
It’s easy to beat yourself up, but you have to remember that we all have free will. While you cannot control all of their decision you can have an influence. To cut down on the turnover and encourage teens to stay connected to the church years after they are gone you need to make sure you are:
My heart sinks when I hear my son say, “Daddy, I miss when you are away.” Between retreats, conference, and now travel for the book it gets hard to maintain the balance between home and work.
I’m not alone, just go on Facebook and read all the comments. It’s a struggle because you love what you do and you love your family. It can feel hopeless, but to maintain the balance you need to:
Fiscal year has just begun and you’ve recently learned that your budget is not where it needs to be. The tendency is to lose hope, and gain anxiety. To fight that tendency you need a plan.
The plan doesn’t have to be more fundraising. In fact to maximize your budget and have a financially healthy youth ministry you need to:
I used to obsess about small group curriculum. I was on the search for the content that would change lives and grow the church. The problem is that I was only looking for a piece of the solution. When it comes to small groups it’s not just what you teach, it’s also how you teach it.
If you want your small group leaders to be successful you need to look at them as leaders who build relationships. When you turn the focus from content to relationships you:
In high school I was on a baseball team that couldn’t win even if we paid the other team to forfeit. We had talent, and skill, we just lacked cohesiveness. We weren’t exactly the epitome of team.
If you work in a parish you are a part of a team. Even if you are the only youth minister. There are men and women that you need to rely because cohesiveness is key. It’s so important for any staff to have because: