Thanksgiving is over and now it’s that sprint before Christmas. During a time of so much to-do’s it’s easy to dance with burn out and find yourself exhausted. But, what if that didn’t have to be the case?
During our busiest seasons it’s easy to get disorganized and allow the inboxes fill up. It’s during a time when you wonder, “Is this really worth it?” To avoid burnout and really get the most out of this season:
Does your family come first? Take a moment and think about it. I’m willing to bet there have been times when you’ve had to choose work over them. I’m sure there have been those moments where you unintentionally took them for granted.
If that’s happened to you join the club. It happens and sometimes it’s unavoidable. However, if you want to stay in ministry for the long haul you have to learn how to navigate family and work. A few lessons I’ve learned to help me do this are to:
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: