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5 Easy Excuses for sub-par Youth Ministry

One of the lies that is easy to buy into, particularly for new Youth Pastors in small towns, is that our ministries are not as effective as others. I mean, this past week, my dad sent me the video his youth pastor made at their church for their Student Ministries Promo, and man, it made you want to be a part of that ministry. It was awesome! There was evidence of lives being changed, kids coming to Christ, Parents supporting the ministry. It was enough to make one jealous.

So if you are feeling in the dumps about the effectiveness of your Ministry, here are five simple excuses to help you feel better about yourself and help your supervisors understand why your not having the same results as down the street;

1. Facilities – if I just had better facilities, we could do so much more.

2. Volunteers – if we just had more volunteers, we could do so much more
3. Student leaders – if I just had some student leaders, we could do so much more
4. Time – if I just had more time, we could do so much more
5. Budget – if we just had more money, we could do so much more
The problem here is that these are all valid excuses. We could do more in our ministries if we had bigger spaces, bigger budgets, and more bodies.
But be that as it may, God doesn’t care. When it all boils down, God has placed you in your specific ministry in your specific church with your specific context to do his specific work. Just because there are other youth groups that can afford to give away iPad’s for door prizes doesn’t mean that that is what your called to do.
Does that mean we shouldn’t seek those things? Absolutely not. You could do more with more space and more money and more bodies.
But should that be an excuse to run a sub-par ministry? Absolutely not. If you can’t find a way to make what you have run effectively, you stand no chance of being more effective with those things.
So quit making excuses, quit being content with sub-par youth events, and make the most with what God has already entrusted you with.
Fresh Ideas in student ministry

Where are the fresh, new ideas?

I think one of the most important things a person can do to home their leadership skills is to constantly be learning. I suppose that goes with out saying because ultimately, someone who is learning and turning knowledge into wisdom is going to be a leader in time, and inversely when a leader stops learning they become stagnant and lose their effectiveness as a leader.

I have been blessed and cursed these past few weeks to be out of the office. Between two conferences and travel, I had four days of being home, and those were spent mostly on a project
In the youth room, my life has become very mobile as of recent ( which hopefully explains the ridiculous amount of tweets, sorry!)

I have greatly enjoyed using this time discovering new blogs, reading some
Books, etc, but have noticed a trend, that honestly has somewhat frustrated
Me for the last few years, but my perception changed just recently on.

There is no new content. I know ecclesiastes says there is nothing new under the sun. But I think it’s more than that. I mean, someone comes up with a great idea, one that in all honesty isn’t new, and people love it. We eat up this idea, chew on it, digest it, and then spit
It out.

Which is why we have buzzwords in ministry. I mean someone ( ha my phone autocorrected that as dimwhit, sometimes true) someone decided that programs in youth ministry were bad, so they wrote about it or talked about it and how we should all get rid of programs. And now you can pick up a countless number of books or find endless blogs talking about programs because it’s a buzzword.

I used to get so mad at this. It seemed like all you had to do to become a published author was talk about wha everyone else was talking about, and to be successful you only have to scream louder.

I mean it still frustrates me, even the past few weeks. I’m sick and tired of seeing blogs about rob bell, regardless of what side they are on.

But I’m realizing that all writers, whether it be blogs or books, have a different voice, a different audience, and a different perspective. And I’m realizing we need a variety of posts on a topic because we need those varying points of view. I mean, I’m not going to read every blog about rob bell, I may not read another one about this topic. But I need to read blogs on both sides to really understand the issue and make an educated opinion on the matter.

And it’s the same with other topics. I’m reading some books now on leadership, and I said books. I’m not going to stop after the Andy Stanley one and declare myself am expert
On leadership. He is just one voice with one opinion. If I want to truly understand the idea and principles of leadership, I need to hear some other parts of the conversation.

So though it may still seem like a shouting contest at times, I hope I’m able to hear the whispers of the conversation more clearly, and I pray you are, too.

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