What are you giving up this Lent? That seems to be the question most people ask during this time of year. But, is that the right question?
What if there were different questions we needed to ask this season? What if the focus were a little different? What if the questions we needed to ask were:
Do you secretly resent your job? Is your temper a little short? Are you easily frustrated? You could be burnt out and not even know it.
Ministry is a grind. It’s easy to take one busy season and turn it into the norm and not even know it. The reason this happens is because of bad habits that need to be turned around. If you find yourself tired and worn out stop the craziness by:
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.