Over three months ago I decided to start over in youth ministry. I started working at a parish with great leadership, a wonderful staff; however, there had been a significant gap in youth ministry.
What that meant was starting from the ground up. No problem, right? If you are starting out in youth ministry or trying to rebuild the one that you have it’s important to take these 5 STEPS:
When a church reaches out to me to help them find their next youth minister a common concern emerges. The don’t want to hire someone who is going to get OVERWHELMED EASILY and LEAVE TOO SOON.
Honestly, I can’t blame them. A church needs stability with their youth ministry because the life of a teenager is not. If you want to find the right person you need a recruitment strategy. According to Monster.com your recruitment strategy should address the following 5 areas:
We all have those seasons in ministry when it feels like no matter how hard we work nothing seems to change. It’s a defeating feeling that leaves you wondering, “What have I accomplished?”
If your youth ministry feels like it’s grown stale or is sluggish, it’s time to look at your vision. If your ministry has lost site of the vision it’s time for you, and your volunteers to fall back in love with it. And you can do it by:
Why does your ministry exist? Is it even necessary? It’s a question every leader needs to answer. And if you can’t you might question whether or not your ministry is worth your time.
If you haven’t discovered the identity to your ministry, it’s not too late. In fact it’s what you should be exploring regularly. Examining your ministry’s identity keeps you focused and purposeful. To help you sharpen that focus and stay on course you need to consider these 5 factors:
Have you ever had a volunteer show up late or unprepared? Maybe you’ve had that time when someone you relied heavily on dropped the ball and it made you wonder, “Does anyone care about this ministry as much as I do?”
You want the best from your team and you might consider lowering expectations; however, that would be a mistake. When people don’t meet your expectations you need to consider: