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This is probably the third largest drum I would beat for those involved in ministry. (The first is a relationship with Jesus. The second is having a clear vision for ministry.) Please read the article below:

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building youth ministers into youth ministry
andy lawrenson

Whether you are a paid staff or volunteer, there is a dangerous temptation in youth ministry to take on everything by yourself.

In our churches, there are many of us who have had or currently have that same attitude. Even sadder is that we have many youth leaders who are expected by their church to do it all by themselves. Some have to deal with unrealistic expectations put on them by their senior staff, elder board, etc.

When I first jumped into youth ministry, I had the “lone ranger” mentality. I thought I could do it all myself. The danger with this type of approach is that several things can happen. A few of which are:

  • It leads to burnout.
  • Students fall through the cracks.
  • One youth leader can’t affectively minister to all the students in the group or community.
  • You will forget the hot dog buns for the event.

You can’t do it all by yourself, and if you do, you’re not only missing out personally, but you are also withholding a blessing from others as well. Believers want to be equipped to serve as God has shaped them. It’s our responsibility to help them discover how they can serve. As believers we have all been called to be ministers and a youth ministry team is much more effective than the lone ranger approach.

Here are some thoughts on how to share some of the responsibilities of student ministry:

Equip – That’s our job, we are to equip the church to do ministry. Help believers learn how God has shaped them to serve. Equip others in the church to serve in youth ministry (see Ephesians 4:11-13).

Entrust – Give the believers in the church the ministry. Hand it off and then trust them to get it done. Resist the temptation to micro-manage.

Enjoy – Enjoy watching the believers in your church grow closer to God as they serve Jesus Christ and the church with the gifts God has given them. Enjoy watching the church reach its ministry potential. Enjoy the relief and the freedom to be the youth minister and enjoy your team of youth ministers. Enjoy more time to do the ministry God has called you to do.

I love how this article starts out. It goes like this:

“Most youth directors I have met are frustrated…

…frustrated that their churches seem stuck in “the way it’s always been done”
…frustrated that the wheels of the church grind so slowly forward
…frustrated about feeling stuck, powerless to bring about any real change.

But the few youth leaders I’ve met who know how to catalyze and navigate strategic change tend to have one odd quality in common: They are readers.”

Okay, you have my attention; now let’s get down to learning. Click here to read on.

Need info on an upcoming movie? Well, MySpace is becoming the #1 place teens go to get what they’re looking for.

Here’s an article by MediaPost explaining it. Click here.

I read an article that summarizes the first study of the effects of “good kids” experimenting or starting with drugs and alcohol. It’s quite interesting when you compare them statistically with those who don’t experiment.

Short read, fascinating results: Click here for the article.