A growing ministry will always demand more of your time, energy and attention. If you try to do it all on your own you will fail. You need other leaders to serve alongside of you. So, where do you find them?
There isn’t a secret lair where leaders hide. There isn’t a magic formula that you can concoct at home. The way you build leaders to expand your capacity is by learning how to:
We’re always desiring more. We want more volunteers. We want more money for our budget. We want more teens to show up to program. While there is nothing wrong with wanting more it’s important to embrace your limits.
It can be frustrating not to have what you want. It would be great to have it all, but there isn’t a ministry that does HAVE IT ALL. To succeed and thrive with what you have it’s important to:
If you want your ministry to grow you need to learn how to expand your capacity. The key factor to building your influence and increasing your impact is by investing in a core leadership team.
We all like the idea of a core leadership team, but where to find these people seems near impossible. While it won’t necessarily happen overnight, it is doable. You just need to have faith, patience and:
One challenge every leader faces is when to bend and when to stand firm. You don’t want to seem unruly but then again protecting the integrity of what you do is important.
In youth ministry requests to make exceptions come in many different forms. Requests come from parents, teenagers, your pastor and volunteers. Some are predictable and others are very personal. In the end you need to discern:
Leading a youth ministry can get personal. You pour your time, effort and energy into making it the best experience possible. But then your questioned by skeptics and critics. And the challenge becomes about how you respond.
The reason you are questioned as a leader is because you are creating change. That makes people nervous and anxious. And nervous and anxious people look for something to challenge. What you need to do is put together a plan that diffuses the situation and that involves: