“I don’t feel like I’m needed anymore.” I just stood there. I was disappointed, sad, shocked and angry all at the same time. Didn’t this volunteer see that I needed him? He was feeling useless. And the reason he felt useless is because there wasn’t clarity around what needed to be done.
Volunteers will leave your ministry if there is no clarity with their role. The solution is quite simple. You need to create a job description for each of your volunteers. That means writing down:
We had chips and salsa, so it had to be fun, right? I had called all my high school volunteer leaders together to analyze an entire year of high school programs. The majority of the time was spent looking at a survey I had sent out to all of the volunteers.
I know there is no amount of chips and salsa that can make analyzing a program fun. In fact it can be quite painful. But, if you do not take a look at what you are doing and how you do it, then you’ll limit your ministry’s potential.
The reason you might be reluctant to review your ministry is because you either:
I’m not a great small group leader. I own the conversation and ask too many closed ended questions. Despite my shortcomings the guys in my small group like me and I love them. The largest challenge I face is bringing them back each week.
Bringing students back is a challenge. On top of all their responsibilities they’ll have to deal with their lives constantly changing. To work with teenagers in an ever changing world it’s important to think:
That means looking at the teens who attend as more than numbers. It’s about understanding why they come and why they don’t. To think relationally and bring teens back you need to:
I’m not a money guy. Meaning I don’t enjoy the budgetary side of youth ministry. Spending the money isn’t a problem, it’s the funding part that drives me crazy. I know what I want; however, I know I won’t always get what I want. That’s part of the challenge of building a budget it doesn’t feel like you have 100% control over it, right?
If you want to increase the funding in your ministry then it means taking the time to make your finances a priority. That could mean changing a few disciplines like:
In my first year of youth ministry I would feel immense pressure creating the ultimate game. Games are fun, fun means teens are having a good time and a teen having a good time is going to come back, right? Some nights I hit it out the park other days I flopped.
While your youth ministry does not need a game every single week they are an important part of what you do. God wants you and your teens to have fun and games are a perfect way of doing it. The problem is that you over think it, stress out and over pay for materials. If you want to create epic games you need to follow these rules: