Whether it’s from the parents, the teens or the general congregation you are dealing with an array of expectations. Everyone will have an opinion on how your youth ministry should behave, but in the end it’s you who is leading.
The question that you need to answer is whether or not your vision is big enough? If you don’t know the answer then you probably haven’t thought about it enough. Vision matters because it:
If you grew up in a youth ministry you were impacted by some adult who poured time and energy into you. They might be the reason you got involved. You love what they did and now that you are in it, you realize it looks different.
There is MORE to ministry than just hanging out. The MORE involves administrative duties as well as pastoral. You might feel more inclined to the latter because you want to pay forward what you received. But, the reality is leadership in youth ministry also requires that you:
Our staff was reflecting on the past year and the question was asked, “What did you learn last year?” One staff member shared that he learned, “How you start something matters.”
Imagine a youth ministry more efficient and productive. Imagine having margin in your week. All of those would be possible if you started out strong. To get there you need to change a few things. To start any project or program on the right foot you need to:
One of the reasons we don’t take time off is the fear of missing something while being away. We picture the inbox filling up and the workload multiplying. The idea of going back is daunting.
To tackle that overwhelming feeling of getting back to work you need to find the right pace. To step back in after being away you need to make sure you:
Your ministry needs more than just warm bodies to make it run at a high level. Your ministry needs volunteers who are leaders. It needs high-capacity leaders willing to take your ministry to a new level.
Where to find these leaders can be a challenge. While some might pop out of the wood work others need to be cultivated. To create a culture of high-capacity leaders you need to know what one looks like. They are people who: