Youth ministry is messy in so many ways. It’s messy because it involves relationships. And because it’s messy it’s tiring and draining. But, sometimes we make it more messy than it should be.
If you want to make youth ministry less messy you need to know what you can control and what you cannot. While you cannot control life what you can control are:
We love and hate numbers. They make us feel good and horrible at the same time, especially when it comes to attendance. Instead of desiring one number desire consistent ones.
A healthy youth ministry doesn’t necessarily have large numbers it has once that are consistent. Consistent in growth and in participation. In order to promote consistency in your ministry you need to consistently:
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: