Reclaiming Youth Ministry
Many churches experience the ebb and flow of available youth for their program.Some years it seems that you have a great bunch of leaders and they stay forseveral years and then graduate. Then for awhile it seems that you have very fewif any to draw on, and the ones you have only come sporadically.This is common especially in small churches and should not be discouraging foryouth leaders. But, there are some things that you can do to encourage the flowof youth into your group and the attendance of youth who come.
Youth ministry cannot thrive on marginal commitment. It demands a majorcommitment of time and maturity to birth and sustain. The following areimportant levels of commitment for a successful youth leaders.
: It may seem obvious, but it needs to be said that you have to
presence. Be present before ANY
youth arrives. You can’t
show up late and expect others to be on time. Youth who arrive to an emptyroom or confused leaders automatically experience uncertainty. If you are notthere for them, how do they know that you
will be there for them
or desire arelationship with them? Youth ministry is a RELATIONAL MINISTRY and everythingworthwhile is translated through the relationship you initiate
. It issustaining what you initiate that is the most demanding part. Yes, I know, this is aSERIOUS COMMITMENT.
It’s about them, not you!
Remember, you are attempting toencourage a relationship that will grow stronger as the years go on. Remember, invery important ways, the relationship you develop with your youth will translateto them a trustable relationship with their God. When they fail or fail to follow-thru
, don’t take it personally. It is not about you. It is about growing and learning
how to complete tasks and assume commitments, a learning that will have