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:
“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.
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: