How To Truly Last In Youth Ministry

At the end of a long day I just need to unwind.  My job is filled with many rewards; however, there can be times I just want to mail it in.  One of the ways I release the tension is through music (Especially with songs like Hold On by The Gospel Whiskey Runners).  It’s one of the small things I do to help me last in youth ministry.  

Youth ministry is like a marathon.  It’s a journey filled with challenges and moments when you ask, “Why am I still doing this?”  It can be brutal because of the emotional and spiritual battles that take place.  While youth ministry is grueling it’s still rewarding.

To stick around and witness those rewards you need to know how to last in youth ministry.  That means doing a few small things and not neglecting the essentials.  To last in youth ministry you need to:

How To Recover After A Long Weekend

Walked into my house.  Went up to the bedroom.  Laid on the bed.  I was out.  After a weekend with 2000 teenagers (50 from my own) in Steubenville, Ohio I needed to recover.

You are going to have days, weekends and even weeks that drain you.  Positive or negative it doesn’t matter you need to recover.  The temptation might be to grind it out.  Or you might feel like hibernating.  But to truly recover after a long weekend you need to make sure you:

How To Deal With Disappointment

I didn’t have to open the email to know what it was going to say.  The parents hadn’t heard from their child’s mentor for a couple of weeks.  I was anticipating disappointment and there it was:

Chris, I hate to do this but I’ve just realized I’ve got too much on my plate right now.  I can’t commit to serving in the ministry.”

Anger followed the disappointment and I found myself wondering:

How To Get Things Off Of Your Plate

I’m a moron.  For some reason I allowed an already full plate to get out of control.  This week I scheduled a book deadline, Confirmation Mass, leadership retreat, last week of our student program, and an endless list of meetings.  I’m managing, but it’s exhausting.

You will have busy seasons and sometimes it’s all out of your control.  Then there are times you could have prevented it.  Either way the past is the past and it is no longer relevant.  You need to empty your overcrowded plate NOW.  To get things off your plate so that you don’t crash and burn you need to:

What You Need To Know Before You Get Married

There is no union so precious and so fruitful between husband and wife as 
that of holy devotion, in which they should mutually lead and sustain each other. - St. Francis de Sales, the Devout Life

A week ago my wife, Kate and I celebrated 7 years of marriage.  I’m happy to say that our relationship is stronger than it was when we first got married.  Granted, in the honeymoon phase nothing can go wrong, but then you have that first fight.