4 Components Of The Perfect Youth Ministry Format

Teens had to be there.  The activities were too long.  I spoke with no point or direction.  Our youth ministry program format was perfect for driving teens away.  Something had to change. 

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Maybe it’s your first year in youth ministry and you’ve walked into a mess.  Maybe you’ve been in the same place for a while and you’ve hit a rut.  

You are disappointed by the attendance.  Volunteers are hard to come by.  Things need to change.  If you are looking to create, tweak or change your youth ministry’s format be sure you:

6 Steps To Recruiting Volunteers Last Minute

With summer winding down do you feel like you have enough volunteers?  The answer is probably, “No.” The truth is that it never feels like enough.  I used to lose sleep as Labor Day approached.  I would wonder, “Are we going to be okay?”

The truth is you will be okay, but that doesn’t change the fact that you still need to recruit volunteers.  So, how do you make sure you have enough volunteers by the first gathering?

How To Help Volunteers Meet Your Expectations

“How could they mess this up?”  I had sent my volunteers the link for the game, but none of them came prepared.  There I was bailing them out once again.  Then it dawned on me, “I don’t think I told them to do anything more than check the link out.”  

It is frustrating when it feels like your volunteers are just not getting it.  You think about all the reasons why they aren’t meeting expectations, when the reality the reason could be you.  Before you blame your volunteers for being incompetent, complacent or disloyal, ask yourself whether or not you have:

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: