You know small groups have a huge impact on your ministry. The idea of starting a program is daunting. But, the real hurdles come when you lead one.
When you oversee the program it’s about a strong strategy, vision and mission. When you get into the trenches it gets really messy. And the reason leading a group can get messy is because:
Moving from summer to fall means a new season of ministry. Chances are your weeks will move quicker and your days will feel long. After a night of ministry you just want to collapse and sleep in the next day. But, you know you can’t, because there is another long day just ahead.
Anytime you transition from one season to the next you need to make adjustments. Change will naturally tire you and wear you out. Because ministry is organic you cannot just stop, you need to keep going. What you need to know is how to bounce back. That means:
I moved around a lot as a kid. The hardest part about it was being the new guy. Especially going to school, I was never sure if I was doing the right thing or in the right place. It was overwhelming.
Big or small your ministry is going to experience new teens. The question you have to answer is:
“How are you going to welcome them?”
While it’s not rocket science it does take intentionality. Here are four steps you can take to make your ministry more welcoming to new teens:
Growing up I saw a few teenagers serving at church, but never knew how they got plugged in. Outside of altar serving it’s like you needed a special connection. Someone had to pull strings if you were going to serve with other adults. It was a little frustrating.
It’s important for teenagers to serve in your parish. It will inspire other generations and teach them how to behave as the church body.
Teenagers want to get involved at your church, they just need to get plugged in. As a youth minister you need to work with the rest of your staff. Create a system where you: