Youth ministry is draining. It can drain you to the point where you wonder, “Why am I still doing this?” That’s why it’s so important to practice what you preach to your students. To do this for the long haul you need PRAYER.
So many youth ministers burn out because they ignore the basics of their faith that they share with their students. If you want to be in ministry you need prayer. And it’s easier said than done because:
I remember my predecessor showing me his youth ministry calendar. Without thinking I remarked, “How is your wife still married to you?” Every single weekend was booked with lock-ins, laser tag and other youth events. It was insane.
When Jesus commissioned the disciples to go into the world he didn’t say, “Go, and plan the most epic game of dodgeball.” He said, “Go and make disciples.” We know that, but the pressure to plan events is a reality for so many youth ministers.
People love a confident leader. It shows them someone who knows where they are going. The problem is when the confidence turns into arrogance. An arrogant leader will lose sight of what’s most important and is difficult to follow.
One of the biggest obstacles to leading others is our pride. It can make you feel owed, and entitled. Worst, it can prevent you from doing what God is asking you to do. In the end it’s important to embrace humility and adjust the focus.
Will students come back? It’s a question even the most seasoned youth ministers will ask. If you want the answer to be yes then you need to make sure your ministry stays focused on this one concept.
It’s a simple concept that works in every other aspect of our life. If cultivated and nutured it can take your ministry from a small cluster into a large movement. Teens will come back to your ministry on a consistent basis if you focus on:
On the latest Rebuilt podcast, Tom Corcoran and I respond to an email from a listener regarding a frustrating situation. This person wants to grow, but the rest of the team isn’t ready. Or at least that’s how it’s perceived.
There will be moments in your ministry when it feels like no one is on board. You will find times when the results do not meet your expectations. The worst is that these moments will pile up on one another. To move forward you need to: