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:
Teens had to be there. The activities were too long. I spoke with no point or direction. Our youth ministry program format was perfect for driving teens away. Something had to change.
Maybe it’s your first year in youth ministry and you’ve walked into a mess. Maybe you’ve been in the same place for a while and you’ve hit a rut.
You are disappointed by the attendance. Volunteers are hard to come by. Things need to change. If you are looking to create, tweak or change your youth ministry’s format be sure you:
I still have those dreams of walking into the first day off high school totally not prepared for the year. You know that dream? You are missing books, your schedule…even your pants? Okay, maybe not that extreme. Getting ready for the fall season of youth ministry can have the same pressures.
Over the next few weeks kids will start going back to school. As they get ready they’ll:
- Buy their school supplies.
- Get to know their schedule.
- And maybe pick up some new outfits.
As a youth ministry it’s time to get ready, especially if you have not already started. It’s that last push to before the fall season starts. To make sure you are ready for the year ahead here are 3 actions that you need to take to start the year off right: