Change is never easy. Even when we yearn for change it can still be difficult. But, how we handle change is important because it impacts our efficiency and productivity.
Youth ministry and change go hand in hand. Each year you’re saying good by to students as they move on. You are welcoming new generations into your program. Your volunteers, the congregation and even the community around you changes. The question is how do you embrace it and still thrive?
When I became a youth minister I took the biggest salary increase ever. Of course before I was a youth minister I was a volunteer making $500/month. Youth ministry won’t be the highest paying job out there, but it doesn’t have to be the lowest either.
Professional youth ministry involves sacrifice. But, that doesn’t mean you have to be pinching pennies to survive. There are options like working a second job, or if you are married having your spouse work. But, in the end the healthiest thing to do is:
I grew up only a few minutes away from George Washington’s Headquarters in Morristown, NJ. I enjoyed the legend the came with this great leader. Whether it was crossing the Delaware to surprise the Brits or delivering an ultimatum to the French in the French and Indian War.
While youth ministry might not require you to lead a group of teens across a freezing river in the dead of winter, it will present some leadership moments.
If you want to be a leader that people will follow and trust, then you need to embrace certain traits. For example leaders:
My confidence was shot. My first run, after passing out in the marathon, was a scary experience. I didn’t know whether or not to believe the doctors when they said that I would be fine. I felt awkward and anxious with each step.
It took several weeks to build back my confidence. I was told my situation was caused by dehydration, but in my mind I thought it was much worse. To build back confidence I literally had to take each run one step at a time.
In youth ministry you are going to face situations where your confidence is tested. You might deal with:
I didn’t have to open the email to know what it was going to say. The parents hadn’t heard from their child’s mentor for a couple of weeks. I was anticipating disappointment and there it was:
“Chris, I hate to do this but I’ve just realized I’ve got too much on my plate right now. I can’t commit to serving in the ministry.”
Anger followed the disappointment and I found myself wondering: