I have a five year old, which means he loves asking the question, “Why?” While it can get a little annoying it’s a question we need to be asking ourselves more. Unfortunately, it’s often asked too late when it comes to what we do professionally.
The vision you have for your youth ministry is the answer to the, “Why?” question. Vision gives you direction and identify your purpose. It will help your ministry grow deeper and become more effective. To develop an effective vision you need to:
I used to obsess about small group curriculum. I was on the search for the content that would change lives and grow the church. The problem is that I was only looking for a piece of the solution. When it comes to small groups it’s not just what you teach, it’s also how you teach it.
If you want your small group leaders to be successful you need to look at them as leaders who build relationships. When you turn the focus from content to relationships you:
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: