For youth ministers Sunday is your biggest day. It’s the Sabbath. It’s the beginning of your work week. It’s the one time of week when people are coming to you. This means you have huge potential to make an impact. So, what are you going to do with that time?
Believe it or not you do not have to do anything huge. In fact there are several small action steps you can partake on a Sunday in order to have a huge impact. 7 of those small actions that will lead to big impact are:
Last night was a powerful evening of prayer. Instead of our usual format we hosted an hour and a half of Adoration that was open to anyone in the parish. Teens, adults and kids gathered to sing worship, reflect on scripture and silently sit with the Eucharist.
I think we can all agree that our students need to grow in prayer. It’s one of the essential responsibilities of a youth ministry. If you want to grow disciples you need to show them how to go deeper in their relationship with God. The problem is that many students do not know how to engage in it, especially if not supported at home. To bring prayer into a deeper level in your ministry you need to::
It breaks your heart, when a teen opens up and shares with you that they’re hurting. It changes the way you look at youth ministry. Almost like they’ve dropped a bomb on your world.
Youth ministry is fun and easy when it comes to playing games. It’s inspiring when a teen shares his story. When a teen reveals a deep secret, it’s like a bomb has gone off in the room. It’s a moment where you can celebrate that a teen trusts you. It’s also a moment that is so pivotal in a teen’s faith journey.
If you need to meet with me make it worth my time. I’m a meeting snob, because I have little margin and do not want it compromised. I want to leave a meeting feeling inspired, and ready to take on what was discussed.
I know I’m a little demanding when it comes to meeting integrity; however, they can be the death of your organization if not done correctly. You are asking people to sacrifice an important commodity (Time) that can not be returned.
As I’m planning for the fall and making sure leaders are contacting their small groups, I reflect on my own. It’s hard to believe they’ll all be seniors. It felt like yesterday that I was meeting them for the first time as scrawny little freshmen. Today they tower over me and make sure I know it. The most rewarding aspect of my group of guys is witnessing the depth that has occurred. What started as shallow guy talk has evolved over the year to true Christian accountability.
Small groups are an essential part to your ministry; however, they aren’t as simple as grabbing a group of teenagers together and asking questions. Small groups need to be able to go deeper, even when they aren’t meeting. That means making small groups a focus of your student ministry, and it also means: