It could be the greatest night of ministry ever, but you don’t feel that way. You can’t explain why you didn’t enjoy it like your volunteers or teens did. All you hear is a voice telling you, “It wasn’t good enough.”
One of the biggest battles a youth minister will face is self-doubt. It hits us all, even in times of great success. While we cannot always control it’s source there are some actions we can take to move through it. If you are battling self-doubt or questioning your ability to lead look at:
There is something about youth ministry that makes us feel completely alone. You could be surrounded by hundreds of teens and dozens of volunteers. But, that feeling of isolation will sneak up on you.
If you feel isolated or alone it’s important to know that you are not alone. Everyday there are thousands of men and women in the trenches doing what you are doing. To feel that solidarity and battle the isolation you need to make sure you:
Preparation for confirmation is a huge part of working with the next generation in the Catholic Church. It’s the greatest potential to unleash disciples and it can be the biggest headache too.
Often I hear the frustration and even resentment when I talk to other youth ministers and DRE’s when it comes to confirmation preparation. And we wonder why?
It’s a dinner time with family when your cell phone rings. You don’t recognize the number but you know it has something to do with work. You ask yourself the question, “Do I need to answer this?”
As a youth minister you want to be available for your teens, and their parents. But, you also know you have to protect your time, and your personal relationships. There will always be tension, the question is how do you balance it all?
Change is never easy. Even when we yearn for change it can still be difficult. But, how we handle change is important because it impacts our efficiency and productivity.
Youth ministry and change go hand in hand. Each year you’re saying good by to students as they move on. You are welcoming new generations into your program. Your volunteers, the congregation and even the community around you changes. The question is how do you embrace it and still thrive?