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:
Ever wonder what makes a youth ministry successful? Sure, it has great resources, well thought out programs and a community that will invest in it, but it all starts with a Highly Effective Youth Minister.
A highly effective youth minister is a leader worth following. They are someone who not only knows how to reach the next generation but mobilize adults to make the ministry a movement. To be a highly effective youth minister you need to:
Maybe it’s been a parent chewing you out or a volunteer giving you critiques you didn’t want to hear, we’ve all faced criticism that leaves us feeling empty.
While you might want to fight back the best thing you can do is stay positive. Stay positive and develop a plan that will help you diffuse the situation. 5 Steps that have helped me stay positive are:
Maybe you ask this question after a rough encounter with a parent. Maybe you wonder this thought after an evening where nothing went according to plan. It’s a question I’ve heard asked countless amounts of times.
Does youth ministry get easier over time?
It does and it doesn’t. In some areas it should and then in other areas it shouldn’t. The first step to approaching that question is to:
Youth ministry can easily become a 24/7 operation. Office hours are filled with planning and organizing. Then there are the meetings and if you throw in being “on call” if a parent or teen needs you life can get crazy quickly. But, that’s not healthy.
A healthy youth ministry has a healthy youth minister. A healthy youth minister is someone who is rested, refreshed and ready to go. To find that rest, peace of mind and build margin you need to learn how to turn it off by: