How To Truly Last In Youth Ministry

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:

6 Summer Must Do’s For Your Youth Ministry

I used to get lost for hours.  Summer was one of those times where I would leave the house at sunrise and get home at sunset.  For my buddies and I, going out and getting lost was a must.

Between the camps, events and trainings summer can fly by for a youth minister.  That’s because summer is a break from the usual.  The tendency is to fill all the FREE TIME that’s been created.

But, it’s easy to fill it with the wrong things.  The activities and opportunities you must fill you summer schedule should help you grow.  Here are 6 MUST DO’s that I highly recommend:

How To Create A Volunteer Job Description

“I don’t feel like I’m needed anymore.”  I just stood there.  I was disappointed, sad, shocked and angry all at the same time.  Didn’t this volunteer see that I needed him?  He was feeling useless.  And the reason he felt useless is because there wasn’t clarity around what needed to be done.

Volunteers will leave your ministry if there is no clarity with their role.  The solution is quite simple.  You need to create a job description for each of your volunteers.  That means writing down:

5 Simple Steps To Recruit More Volunteers

I was not being simple.  Instead of asking, “Will you get involved.”  I was trying to use imagery and analogies to persuade this person to serve.  My problem?  I feared rejection and failure.  

While those were legitimate concerns, I needed to get over it.  I finished the email and hit send.  Then I waited and waited some more.  Finally, I got an email saying, “Sure.”  

That was it?  What was I nervous about again?

How To Analyze Your Program

We had chips and salsa, so it had to be fun, right?  I had called all my high school volunteer leaders together to analyze an entire year of high school programs. The majority of the time was spent looking at a survey I had sent out to all of the volunteers.


I know there is no amount of chips and salsa that can make analyzing a program fun.  In fact it can be quite painful.  But, if you do not take a look at what you are doing and how you do it, then you’ll limit your ministry’s potential.  

The reason you might be reluctant to review your ministry is because you either: