Starting out in youth ministry was difficult; however, I was in a good situation. My predecessor was still on staff and able to walk me through my first year. There was public support from the pastor and a group of volunteers committed to invest in the next generation. While I didn’t have to start from the beginning there were a few things I had to do over, rethink and restructure.
Starting a youth ministry from scratch can be a challenge. So can revamping a preexisting one. You will have to battle feelings of isolation. There will be voices telling you that youth ministry is not important. You will feel like no one cares. Those are all lies and your first fight is to battle those voices and cast vision. After that it’s about building (or rebuilding) your youth ministry, which means: