Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and that means lots of food. I’m not sure about you but every year I have the tendency to overload my plate. The result is indigestion. Unfortunately, it’s not the only time. Too often it happens in youth ministry.
Your plate can get overloaded for a number of reasons. Some are in your control and others far from it. No matter the reason your goal should be to empty your plate as efficiently as possible.
To get started you need to:
With Thanksgiving less than a week away it’s easy to get caught up in the Christmas rush. But, before you start getting into the Christmas spirit take time to reflect and analyze the last few months of ministry.
You might not feel like there is a lot to work with, but a mid year review is valuable. It will help you see what needs adjusting. You can look at what is going on behind the scenes. And, it will give you the insight you need to make sure you stay on course.
To get started you need to ask the right people and 4 groups you should start with are:
We’re all desperate for volunteers. The more we can recruit the better we feel. Unfortunately, getting someone to serve in your ministry feels like an impossible task.
There always seems to be a million reasons why someone can’t or shouldn’t. And some of those reasons are legit. But, one of the largest reasons people do not get involved is because you aren’t going after them. Instead of waiting for everyone to come to your door you need to:
We’re not always ready for it, but it’s inevitable. People whether invited to or not will share with you their feedback. For a long time I was defensive because I took it personally. The truth is that people were really just trying to help.
Feedback is necessary to help your ministry stay on track. It will remind you what is important and what you need to do to grow. But, not all feedback is helpful. And that’s why you need to seek it out before it finds you.
No one had shown up to their small group. I could tell morale for these leaders were at an all time low. No one likes to feel like a failure. The truth is that life happens. And there are many reasons teens will stop showing up.
Whatever you do, do NOT assume there is only one reason to why they won’t show. When you assume you start creating scapegoats which alleviate responsibility from your shoulders. When teens stop showing up or have missed for a while you need to: