It’s usually around this time of year when we’re motivated to make changes. On top of the personal resolutions I’m willing to bet you’ve got a few ideas for your ministry as well.
They’re probably great changes, the ones that can take your ministry to the next level. But, there is a problem that usually prevents us from reaching that level. The problem is that:
As a youth minister how much of your job requires serving parents too? If we’re honest it’s not the most attractive part of the job; however, it’s probably one of the most important.
If parents feel equipped by your ministry you gain a lot of credibility. They’ll see what you do as something important for their teen and them. To gain that credibility you need to make sure you resource them by:
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: