I haven’t been running for a while. I had a bad muscle pull in my lower back. It kept me from doing something I loved. Finally this past week I’ve been able to get back into routine and it stinks.
Some of us like structure and others of us hate it, but we all need it. You need routine in your ministry because it keeps you focused. To develop a productive routine that you could actually enjoy is challenging, but it’s possible as long as you:
Two weeks ago I wrote about measuring your ministry. When it comes to the tangible (i.e. attendance) it’s easy to keep track. When it comes to the intangible it’s not always clear.
The intangible side of youth ministry deals with life change. How do you measure what’s going on in someone’s mind or heart? While there is no solid science a few ways you can start measuring life change is by:
The snow is melting at a rapid rate and the temperature is finally manageable. You can almost taste summer and that means summer camps, volunteer training and content planning are on the horizon.
While summer’s official start is still a few months away, it’s important to start preparing now. If you can get ahead of the curve you can maximize your time and be better prepared for the juggernaut that fall brings.
To approach the summer correctly you need to:
Small groups sound simple, but they can be very messy. It takes work to build a program, recruit leaders and get buy in. But, once you have that you need to keep them healthy.
Small groups are messy because they are relational. But, that isn’t an excuse for them to have structure and systems. If anything your small groups need guidelines so that they can grow stronger and go deeper. To keep them healthy: