When I was starting out in ministry I didn’t know how to handle parents. I felt judged. I didn’t know if they were for me so I decided to avoid them as much as possible. Needless to say that was a mistake.
After years of maturing, humility and becoming a parent I’ve come to realize that you can’t have a healthy ministry if you don’t invest in parents. When you invest in parents they’ll return that investment, but that will only happen if you give them:
I don’t know about you but I have weeks where it feels like it’s over even before I get a chance to breathe. It’s during those times when I feel most overwhelmed. I wonder, “Am I doing enough?” and “Am I making a difference?”
If you’ve been there you aren’t alone and it’s the trap that busyness will place on you. To combat that feeling and really know whether or not you are doing enough you need to:
One of the most haunting questions I was asked early on in ministry was, “If your ministry ceased to exist would anyone outside your church notice?” To tell you the truth I didn’t know if anyone inside the church would even notice.
Your ministry is worth something; however, if that worth is not known it’s ineffective. As a leader you need to make sure you know why your youth ministry exists and what value it adds to the community. To help me answer the question above I had to answer another question:
Over the years our small group program has grown tremendously. Most of it has to do with the men and women who come in each week to love on teens and help them go deeper with Christ.
While our program has grown the journey it has taken was not always smooth. Early on their was turnover with our leaders and it was difficult to build momentum. Our problem?
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: