I’m naturally competitive. I love competition in sports because of the drama and excitement. But, when it comes to competition in real life it drives me crazy.
Youth ministry can often feel competitive. You compete with the schedules of teens and volunteers. You compete with other churches and community events. It gets tiresome. If you feel the competition and want it to stop then you need to start:
With the beginning of the fall season right around the corner it’s important to get everyone on the same page. The tendency is to plan a slew of meetings, which isn’t the most attractive idea.
Meetings can be boring, long, pointless and a waste of time. But, what if they didn’t have to be? Before you start getting all of your leaders together to go through a list of to-do’s answer the following questions:
A key to a consistent ministry is small groups. It’s small groups where teens go deeper. It’s small groups where life change can happen. But, it’s in the large group where momentum is created.
While small groups are important you need a time where teens gather together in a large group. This is where they learn how to be a part of the larger church. It’ll show them community and corporate worship. But, it’s not just about fun and games. An effective large group program:
Those of you who follow me know that I’m not a huge fan of events. They take a lot of time and can be a distraction from a consistent and healthy ministry. Nonetheless, they are an important part of your ministry because they can have a great impact in a teen’s relationship with Jesus Christ.
If you are looking to plan a camp, retreat or an event you need to plan carefully. It’s not something you can jump into and to do them right you need to make sure there is:
Permission forms, teenage drama, and helicopter parents are a few of the things that can make youth ministry complicated. While some of it you can control others you have to just deal with.
Youth ministry will be messy but it doesn’t have to be complex. As a youth minister you need to work hard to keep your processes and programs simple. To accomplish simplicity you need to: