While each teen in your community is different there is probably one thing they have in common. Every teen in your community desires to be connected into a real and authentic relationship.
The problem is that many of them don’t know where to find it. They search in school, in clubs and online. They should find it in your ministry. Your ministry needs to be a place of authenticity because that will help teens connect into a personal relationship with Christ. To create that place you need to:
In the book 7 Practices of Effective Ministry Andy Stanley stresses that churches need to think steps and not programs. Youth ministry needs to do the same. It’s easy to get stuck on a program, and grow comfortable until frustration settles in.
Too often we get focused on looking at programs like they are the solution to discipleship. The reality is that they are only a tool. To go from programs to steps you need to remember to:
You’ve probably walked out of a meeting before thinking, “That was a waste of my time.” The meeting either ran too long or lacked purpose. You feel robbed of something precious. Your time.
Meetings are not easy to run. They take preparation and purpose. Before you ask for people’s time you need to have a desired outcome. To reach that desired outcome you need to:
The new teens walking into your ministry are looking to make a good first impression. They want to fit in and know they matter. They are also wondering, “Is this going to be worth my time?”
The answer to their question is going to be impacted by their first impression of you. And the challenge is that you only get one shot. Most times you can’t afford to mess it up. In order to create a good first impression you need to:
Volunteers are one of the most precious resources to a youth ministry. We know the more we have the more we can do. The challenge is keeping them around for the long haul.
If you can get people to serve year after year it’s easier to create momentum. People will help you see the trends and tackle the larger issues. The question is, “How do you ask someone to stick around for years?”
If you want men and women to commit to your youth ministry year in and year out you need to: