Training your team can get costly in a variety of ways. You can waste people’s time and lose their trust if what you provide isn’t worth the sacrifice. To make it quality you spend a lot of money, which can drain your budget. We know meetings are important, but how do you make them worth it?
To ease the burden you need to:
I’m naturally competitive. I love competition in sports because of the drama and excitement. But, when it comes to competition in real life it drives me crazy.
Youth ministry can often feel competitive. You compete with the schedules of teens and volunteers. You compete with other churches and community events. It gets tiresome. If you feel the competition and want it to stop then you need to start:
It constantly felt like a competition. People would ask, “Did you hear the great things the church down the road is doing?” I felt threatened. I didn’t want to praise them too much for fear people would leave me for them. I was very insecure.
If you always look at the church down the road as competition you’ll limit your youth ministry’s growth. To eliminate the insecurity you have to look at what other churches can offer. Instead of facing off with them work with them because you’ll start to:
Every year our church hosts the Matter Conference and one thing we encourage is networking. The problem that many people face is not knowing who to network with.
If you network with the right people it will help you. You network with the wrong people it could pull you down. Networking is necessary; but, it’s not always easy. Some of the reasons we don’t network are because:
I used to cringe at the saying, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” It makes like life sound like a popularity contest. Almost as if relationships were more important than knowledge. The truth is I didn’t understand it’s impact.
Who you know will not only determine how long you will last, but how far you will go. Ministry is very relational. Who you know will help you build trust with parents. It will help you reach out to more teens.
Who you know goes beyond the parents, the teens and even your volunteers. It extends all the way to: