Why does your ministry exist? Is it even necessary? It’s a question every leader needs to answer. And if you can’t you might question whether or not your ministry is worth your time.
If you haven’t discovered the identity to your ministry, it’s not too late. In fact it’s what you should be exploring regularly. Examining your ministry’s identity keeps you focused and purposeful. To help you sharpen that focus and stay on course you need to consider these 5 factors:
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:
Balancing a family and professional ministry is difficult. As a youth minister you are constantly missing out on family gatherings, bed time and pivotal moments. The question that haunts your mind is, “Is this worth it?”
Overtime you might get accustomed to the sacrifice, but is your family? It’s a scary questions but one that needs to be addressed. While there is a variety of sacrifices there are 3 that I’ve learned cannot be over communicated are:
We’re always desiring more. We want more volunteers. We want more money for our budget. We want more teens to show up to program. While there is nothing wrong with wanting more it’s important to embrace your limits.
It can be frustrating not to have what you want. It would be great to have it all, but there isn’t a ministry that does HAVE IT ALL. To succeed and thrive with what you have it’s important to:
You are limited, even as a leader. That means you can only take your ministry so far on your own. No one likes to feel limited; however, it can be freeing to know that you can’t do this on your own.
Once you embrace the fact that you need a team it’s about finding the right people. With the right people you will be able to reach more students and have a larger impact on the community around you. That’s why you need a: