You send out an email reminder to leaders about that meeting you’ve spent months planning only to get this reply, “Hey, would love to join you but I’ve been so BUSY. Sorry, I can’t make it.” It’s frustrating, but it’s a reality.
Your leaders are busy. In fact all of us are busy and that’s an understatement. One of the main reasons a volunteer stops showing up or doesn’t ever get involved is because they don’t have:
One of the reasons we don’t take time off is the fear of missing something while being away. We picture the inbox filling up and the workload multiplying. The idea of going back is daunting.
To tackle that overwhelming feeling of getting back to work you need to find the right pace. To step back in after being away you need to make sure you:
Imagine never having to do another fundraiser again. Not possible? Not true. The way to eliminate fundraisers from your youth ministry (and your church) is to start focusing on talking to your teens about giving.
Our church talks about giving throughout the year. It’s a message that trickles down into our teen and kid programs. The motivation is to raise givers and not funds. Givers will fuel the church because they buy into the vision. To be effective in raising next generation givers you need to:
It was our first parent teacher conference and I was a little nervous. I wondered, “What is this teacher going to say about my kid?” and “What does this mean about my parenting?” I needed to know I was doing a good job.
I’ve come to the realization that parenting is so stressful because we don’t want our teens to fail. As a youth minister one of the best ways you support your teens is by supporting the parents as well. To do that you need to know what parents need.
Here are three areas where you can support parents:
Youth ministry is low on the priority list for many churches. It’s sad but not surprising. Many churches (and people) see it as glorified babysitting for adolescence. Because of this view parishes are dying.
If you work with the next generation the idea that youth ministry is a waste of time and resources frustrates you. If anything you know that youth ministry needs to be higher on the priority list. So, why the negative outlook on this ministry? It’s because of: