In October 2010 I was hired by New Life Christian Church to be the "Family Guy" to oversee the Youth and Children ministries as well as be apart of the nZone team. That all changed 3 weeks ago when the Leadership Team asked me to take over the Youth Program. I gladly accepted the position and began getting back into the flow of youth ministry again.
As I have been working and assessing where our youth program is at, here are a few things I have enjoyed doing:
I enjoy leading. For me, I have really enjoyed making decisions and running with ideas. Maybe it's a "control" thing but I like having the ability to decide on a direction and run with it. I love coming up with ideas and helping people catch the vision for where we are going.
I enjoy mingling with students, leaders and parents. I am an introvert by nature (at least I think I am). But when I step into the youth ministry ring, I really get energy from being around people and interacting with them. I love making the middle school guys feel cool, making the shy middle school girl feel welcomed and the high school student feel like they are the best thing ever. I love making parents feel that their child is safe (even if we are a bit crazy) and I love casting vision to leaders and seeing them do their thing with the students.
What do you love doing in Youth Ministry? Sometimes when we are in the midst of battle, we can lose sight of what we really enjoy about doing ministry. So TAKE A MINUTE right now and think through what you really enjoy. If you are currently doing what you enjoy, GREAT! Keep it up. If you have lost sight of what you love doing, I'm sorry. Seek the Lord (James 1:5) and examine what do you need to do right now to get back on track and restart doing what you really love to do? When we lose sight of our passions and drive, frustration sets in and things do not always work out great. But if we can keep reminding ourselves of why we do what we do and then do it, that keeps us going.
Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Experiences? Post a comment and let the discussion begin so that we can all benefit from it.
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When I joined the New Life team a month ago as the Family Ministry Pastor, I was invited to join a group of men in the Church for a weekly Wednesday morning gathering for some lay leaders in the church.
At first, what I thought I was joining was some sort of Book club with Brett, the Lead Pastor. But to simply say that it is just a book club would not be completely accurate. See what they do is to go over books, a few chapters at a time and then discuss how it applies to New Life and the church we are building. Most everyone shares as we discuss, including Brett. It has been great to be apart of this meeting and even greater to see how Brett uses that to cast vision and empower people of the church to be apart of the direction of the church.
As I watch Brett invest in these men, it brought the question to me: What am I doing to cast the vision of the church to others. So, as I ask myself, I ask you, what are you doing to cast vision for your ministry to others? One of the things Brett is doing with these men is investing in these key leaders at New Life. He is sharing his heart with them and trying to give them the vision of where he feels the Lord is leading the church.
With this in mind, I want you to TAKE A MINUTE and examine what your circle of influence is. No matter what position you have in the church, you have a circle of influence. It could be some key student leaders, parents, volunteer leaders or other staffers. After you discover your group, my encouragement for you is to invest your time in them, sharing your heart and passion with them as you share the direction you feel the Lord is leading. By sharing this you are hopefully motivating these leaders to be missional (thanks AND 10 for some great ideas on this) and ministering to their own circle of influence.
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