Hopefully yesterday you took some time to think about the tightrope of ministry and how challenging each step of the journey can be. So what are some practical ways you can do youth ministry life well? Glad you asked! Here are 4 ways we try to put into practice ourselves:
1) Talk through the calendar before you go public with it.
One of the biggest learnings weâ€™ve had related to this topic is making sure you clear your ministry calendar with your family calendar first. This will save you a ton of headaches as you navigate little league, board meetings, and that pesky thing called your anniversary. The 24 hours it takes to complete this step are critical to success in youth ministry life. Trust us, weâ€™ve surprised our spouses (and still do occasionallyâ€¦mostly because Kurt springs stuff on Josh) enough to put this one right up front.
2) Establish some (mostly) non-negotiable family boundaries.
What night is your date night? How many nights of the week out are okay doing church stuff? When is the best time for the family to be all together? There has to be grace and flexibility on a regular basis, but stack hands on what are the non-negotiables and create some boundaries for yourself in ministry. If you skip this step, youâ€™re going to say â€œyesâ€ to everything and â€œnoâ€ to your family. Done that, too. Argh.
3) Build a team and empower them to help carry the load.
Youth ministry is bigger than one personâ€”if itâ€™s all about you, prepare for burnout and ego deflation. You can hang on for a while, but while you hang on, youâ€™ll also bottle-neck growth in your ministry and other leaders. So why not build margin in your youth ministry life by surrounding yourself with capable people and empowering them to carry significant parts of the load?
This post was written by Josh Griffin and Kurt Johnston and originally appeared as part of Simply Youth Ministry Today free newsletter. Subscribe to SYM Today right here.