My first encounter with an angry parent was a phone call on my second day of youth ministry. The parent called to complain that her son was not in the same small group as a friend. She said, “It was a great injustice.” I remember hanging up and thinking, “She’s crazy.”
I’m sure we’ve met parents that have made us wonder whether we should be concerned or confused. When you are responsible for the well being, growth and success for another human being it will make you crazy. As youth ministers you can help parents by recognizing:
Do you love the church that employs you? It might seem like an odd question; however, it’s an important one to answer. It’s a question that rarely gets asked, but essential to answer.
To love your church isn’t always easy. There are going to be times when you fight with coworkers, and get overwhelmed by members. Working in a church isn’t always easy, but you have to love it or else you will not last. So, do you love your church? If the answer is yes then you are:
I have a fear of heights. While I can get on a plane the idea of climbing a 40ft ladder causes my palms to sweat. We all have fears that we need to face, especially when it comes to youth ministry.
What are youth ministers scared of? Maybe it’s the idea of losing a teen on a trip or dealing with an injury in a game of dodgeball. Early on in youth ministry these four things freaked me out the most:
Every successful youth ministry builds momentum. To have momentum takes planning, creativity and especially CONSISTENCY.
Too many ministries meet on an infrequent basis. While you might create great moments your teens want something more. A consistent ministry is one that focuses on:
“I don’t think I’m qualified.” It’s the answer most of us hear when someone turns down an invitation to serve in student ministry. The question is, “Is that what they feel or is that the reality?”
The reality is that we try to put different people into the same role. Problem is that you need to put the right people into the right role. Once you have the right pieces in place you can start building a healthy ministry. That means creating different roles for different people like: