You’ve probably walked out of a meeting before thinking, “That was a waste of my time.” The meeting either ran too long or lacked purpose. You feel robbed of something precious. Your time.
Meetings are not easy to run. They take preparation and purpose. Before you ask for people’s time you need to have a desired outcome. To reach that desired outcome you need to:
It seems to always happen at the worst moment possible. You know the moment you want everyone tuned into God. Maybe it’s during your message, or a quiet moment of prayer. It’s during that time the disruption begins. Teenagers.
In youth ministry there will always be disruptive teens. The challenge of dealing with them can be overwhelming. You don’t want to kick anyone out, but you need to make sure you protect everyone else’s experience. Take on distractions in your ministry by:
Volunteers are one of the most precious resources to a youth ministry. We know the more we have the more we can do. The challenge is keeping them around for the long haul.
If you can get people to serve year after year it’s easier to create momentum. People will help you see the trends and tackle the larger issues. The question is, “How do you ask someone to stick around for years?”
If you want men and women to commit to your youth ministry year in and year out you need to:
It could be the greatest night of ministry ever, but you don’t feel that way. You can’t explain why you didn’t enjoy it like your volunteers or teens did. All you hear is a voice telling you, “It wasn’t good enough.”
One of the biggest battles a youth minister will face is self-doubt. It hits us all, even in times of great success. While we cannot always control it’s source there are some actions we can take to move through it. If you are battling self-doubt or questioning your ability to lead look at:
I’m asked, “How do I get more out of my leaders?” We know the more we get out of our leaders the better our ministry will be.
It’s a loaded question. It’s a question that deals with getting volunteers to show up to trainings. It’s making sure everyone is showing up equipped and ready to go. The truth is to get more you need to: