Whether it’s from the parents, the teens or the general congregation you are dealing with an array of expectations. Everyone will have an opinion on how your youth ministry should behave, but in the end it’s you who is leading.
The question that you need to answer is whether or not your vision is big enough? If you don’t know the answer then you probably haven’t thought about it enough. Vision matters because it:
When teenagers come consistently it builds momentum for growth and deeper discipleship. The problem is cultivating that consistency. That’s why small groups are so important.
Small groups bring the consistency and create growth because of one piece. When it comes to small groups it’s all about the:
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.