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:
It felt more like a band practice than a night of worship. No one was showing up to our student ministry. We had 4 teens in the student band, 1 running our tech and then each week there would be a visiting teen who would never return. It felt demoralizing.
Attendance is one of the most frustrating parts of youth ministry. When no one shows up we can feel like a failure. When the RSVP’s for an event are low we consider canceling. When no one is coming it’s easy to consider a different career. Instead of growing helpless, start taking action by:
With summer winding down do you feel like you have enough volunteers? The answer is probably, “No.” The truth is that it never feels like enough. I used to lose sleep as Labor Day approached. I would wonder, “Are we going to be okay?”
The truth is you will be okay, but that doesn’t change the fact that you still need to recruit volunteers. So, how do you make sure you have enough volunteers by the first gathering?