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:
Last week I was in Austria meeting with church leaders and what struck me was the similarity in some of the obstacles they faced. When it comes to reaching the next generation they were finding despite all their efforts nothing was changing.
Youth ministry can get frustrating because the amount of work you put into it doesn’t always match the reward you expect to get from it. This can only mean two things, you either need to:
Confirmation preparation isn’t always a process people want to embrace. While it’s an important part of the Catholic (and other denominations) faith formation it’s often filled with consumeristic demands and requirements that can make it a logistical nightmare for both parents, teens and parish employees.
The solution? Is to change your perspective as the leader. Instead of hesitating and going into the program reluctantly you need to embrace it and make sure you aren’t just going through the motions. To build a dynamic Confirmation preparation it’s not just about the content, it’s also about:
Early on in my ministry when the attendance numbers would drop I wondered, “When am I going to make it?” I was working out of frustration because my expectations of success weren’t being met.
Success has so many more signs than attendance numbers. It’s more than awards and public praise. And success doesn’t signify that you’ve made it to a point where you can sit back and relax. Success in youth ministry means: