Peer ministry and student leadership groups take a lot of time. If done right it can transform not only your ministry, but the entire church.
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The challenge is finding teenagers that are gifted and committed to leadership. If either of those lack then you will only find disappointment and frustration. To avoid the sour taste that student leadership can sometimes bring help teens take the lead by:
There are a lot of great ways to advertise for your ministry (Check out my friends at Parishdesigner.com) but that’s only half the battle. While marketing is important you need to know how to sell what you do.
I know sales and youth ministry seems wrong, but in reality there is a lot of noise competing for the time and attention of the next generation. Not only are you trying to sell your teens on coming to church but adults to invest in the next generation. They way to sell youth ministry and not your soul is by:
Volunteers are key to the growth and health of your ministry. It’s a challenge to recruit them and it’s another to get the most out of them.
Providing trainings and workshops are important, but if you want your volunteers to give more you need to dig deeper. To maximize their potential it goes beyond just giving them a role and extends to:
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: