In a Small Church Youth Ministry, youth pastors face some very significantÂ realities:
Resources are Limited.Â Budgets are tight. Facilities are tight. And rarely are those going to change anytime soon. It is important to pick your events and your financial outlays strategically andÂ intentionally to get the most for your buck (or two).
Time is Limited.Â The demands on your time are ever-present. In most small churches, there are tasks and responsibilities that fall onto the shoulders of the Youth Pastor that are not directly youth ministry related. They may be vital to the overall health of the church… but they still take your time away from youth ministry.
Giftedness is Limited.Â Face it, you donâ€™t do everything well. But every event/program that you create requires all types of giftedness: administration, execution, budgeting, marketing, communicating, etc. Accomplishing the tasks that fit your giftedness are easy. But accomplishing the responsibilities outside your giftedness drain you. And the giftedness required to accomplish those tasks are not always easy to locate.
Volunteers are Limited.Â The volunteer team available to as a Youth Pastor is more limited in a small church than in a large church. Even the team that you do have around you are often involved in other ministries around the church… like being the Senior Pastor for example. Because your volunteer staff is limited, fewer programs done well will always accomplish more than numerous programs that are understaffed.
Opportunity for Relationship is Limitless.Â Here is, of course, your greatest advantage over every large church youth ministry in the world… relationships in your context are far more accessible than in larger churches. It goes with the territory. A smaller church, a smaller ministry, and a smaller facility provide all the important elements for life-changing relationships to occur. This is not the case in large church youth ministries… why do you think they offer so many programs? They offer so many programs so they can better manufacture life-changing relationships! In other words, you already have everything they are hoping to accomplish with all their endless programming. You don’t need to program for it. It already exists. And taking time away from relationships to plan another event defeats the very purpose of the event in the first place.
In Small Church Youth Ministry, less is more. Correctly understood, you will find great freedom and opportunity in that truth. I know I did.
Joshua Becker blogs atÂ Becoming MinimalistÂ where he inspires others to find more life by owning fewer possessions. His new book,Â Living With Less: An Unexpected Key to HappinessÂ has just been released by Group/Simply Youth and I highly recommend you check it out. Additionally, youâ€™ll enjoy following him onÂ Twitter.
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