Over three months ago I decided to start over in youth ministry. I started working at a parish with great leadership, a wonderful staff; however, there had been a significant gap in youth ministry.
What that meant was starting from the ground up. No problem, right? If you are starting out in youth ministry or trying to rebuild the one that you have it’s important to take these 5 STEPS:
No one wants to be a number. It’s impersonal and doesn’t give a person the value they deserve. While there is pressure to grow your numbers, it’s important not to lose sight that the numbers have names.
The reason a teenager will come back each week is to feel valued and known. That might seem overwhelming in a large setting, but it’s possible. To keep the focus on the person and still grow the numbers you need to:
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:
To be a professional youth minister takes a lot of work. It’s something we all know, but what it means to be a professional youth minister isn’t always clear.
I can show up to work in jeans, and throw pizza parties. And, I’m responsible for the spiritual journey of the thousands of teenagers in my zip code.
Many times people see the pizza, but not the burden of a professional youth minister. That needs to change. To go beyond pizza and lock-ins youth ministry needs to be taken seriously. To do that you need to:
With summer winding down do you feel like you have enough volunteers? The answer is probably, “No.” The truth is that it never feels like enough. I used to lose sleep as Labor Day approached. I would wonder, “Are we going to be okay?”
The truth is you will be okay, but that doesn’t change the fact that you still need to recruit volunteers. So, how do you make sure you have enough volunteers by the first gathering?