How To Talk To Your Teens About Giving

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:

What Parents Need From Your Ministry

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:

Why Youth Ministry is a Low Priority

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: 

What Do I Do If My Pastor Is Not On Board?

One of the most frequent questions my coworkers and I get asked is, “What do I do if my pastor is not on board?”  At the same time I know our pastor has received a similar question, “What do I do if my staff is not on board?”  The answer is simple:

TAKE OWNERSHIP 

Again, it’s simple, but not necessarily easy.  Nonetheless staff unity is a problem way to important to ignore. If you do not have staff unity you not only limit the growth of your ministry, but put in jeopardy the health of your church.  So, what can one person do?

The Secret To Growing Your Numbers

It was a difficult time. A year had gone by and the same 6 teens from the student band were the only ones coming every week to our student program. I felt like a failure. I remember sitting down with my pastor, waiting for him to say, “You’re done.” Instead he told me the biggest secret to growing a ministry: