Really enjoyed a post by Len Evans over on his blog Looking Out From My Little Place. It had some great insight on things that youth workers do that usually end up costing them their position. Here’s a couple of the standouts to me, head over there for all 10:
4. Ignoring conflicting ministry philosophies.
Your theological imperatives will drive what you do in ministry, but your ministry philosophy will drive how you do it. So itâ€™s crucial that you and your church agree on the how toâ€™s of ministry. You and your church might both value evangelism, but if you donâ€™t agree on how to do evangelism youâ€™re sailing into a major storm. Also, if your church functionally defines â€œyouth workerâ€ as â€œevents coordinatorâ€ but you see yourself as a pastor, youâ€™d better spiff up your rÃ©sumÃ© because youâ€™ll need it sooner than you expect.
6. Forgetting that perception is reality.
Whatever people think of you, good or bad, is real to them. Make sure they know the truth about you and your ministry, and make sure the truth about you and your ministry is good. If one person decides to believe something insidious about you or your ministry, then shares that belief with others as a â€œprayer requestâ€ or outright slander, youâ€™ve got a battle to fight. And itâ€™s amazing how battles can quickly get out of hand (if your name is Trent Lott, you understand this intimately). Youâ€™ll eventually lose the war, so make sure that perception is the truth by confronting misperceptions and â€œmaking peace with your enemiesâ€ (Luke 14:31-32). When a perception problem springs up, head directly to your senior pastorâ€™s office first so you can clear it up before it gets to him.
8. Marginalizing powerful parents.
When Powerful Parents Attackâ€”it could be a show on Fox, but itâ€™s not entertaining when it happens to you. Your Church magazine ran a series about forced exits a few years ago. They found that it takes only 3 to 4 percent of a congregation to spark a staff memberâ€™s firing. Know who the â€œpower parentsâ€ in your church are, and do your best to make sure theyâ€™re on your side. Donâ€™t succumb to pressure or let them bully you, but bend to their desires when itâ€™s a neutral preference issue, not a core principle.