At the end of a long day I just need to unwind. My job is filled with many rewards; however, there can be times I just want to mail it in. One of the ways I release the tension is through music (Especially with songs like Hold On by The Gospel Whiskey Runners). It’s one of the small things I do to help me last in youth ministry.
Youth ministry is like a marathon. It’s a journey filled with challenges and moments when you ask, “Why am I still doing this?” It can be brutal because of the emotional and spiritual battles that take place. While youth ministry is grueling it’s still rewarding.
To stick around and witness those rewards you need to know how to last in youth ministry. That means doing a few small things and not neglecting the essentials. To last in youth ministry you need to:
I had no clue what I was doing. On my first day of youth ministry I remember just sitting at my desk trying to figure out which tasks to tackle first. Eventually I figured it out. But, that was after a lot of mistakes, failure and heart break.
Starting out in youth ministry can be daunting. You are either thrown into a plethora of programs or you need to start from scratch. So many tasks to tackle and many places to start. If you are not careful you can find yourself overcommitted, overworked and headed towards burnout.
If you are just starting out or looking to start over it’s essential to set a solid foundation. That means tackling certain tasks right away. Such as:
“WHY AM I DOING THIS?” That was the question racing through my mind as I was cleaning out the crab water from the trunk of my car after the middle school crab feast. It had been a fun night; however, nothing had changed. I wondered, “Is it time for this program to die?”
If you are a faithful reader there is no reason to worry. After all:
It was a holiday weekend.
There is plenty of great content to go back and read (and horrible stuff to laugh at)
You shouldn’t be on your mobile device or desktop reading a blog post on a holiday anyway.
Ok, enough excuses. In all seriousness I wanted a break because I wanted to make sure I could. Sometimes the things we love can become so consuming that we forget why we love them. By taking a break from blogging I realized:
I love fried chicken and running. That’s not a good combination. Yes, running helps burn off fat and calories. But, fried chicken means working harder. In the end one will win out. My money is that the unhealthy habit will succeed. When an unhealthy habits competes with a healthy one, unhealthy will eventually win.
Your habits will impact the amount of time you last in ministry. You need healthy ones and you need to eliminate the unhealthy. That’s easier said than done. But, first you need to identify them. 5 you should eliminate from your ministry are: