I did this for 2007 and thought it appropriate to reflect back on what I learned about ministry in 2008.
- Communicating a clear vision for my ministry is probably the most important thing for my leadership, building trust, and the kids’ spiritual growth.
- I need to utilize parents in every aspect of the ministry as much as possible.
- Saying “no” to teenagers and parents is very critical to the health of our ministry.
- I must always lead by example. I should never expect the teenagers to follow my challenges until I am first modeling it in my own life.
- I will not always have a great relationship with every teenager, and that’s okay.
- Everyone has different expectations of the youth ministry and most of them I can respectfully ignore if the vision is clearly communicated.
- People don’t naturally follow until they know where they’re going and why.
- I need to keep my teaching to jr. highers much more concrete with only one clear “big idea.”
- It’s okay to let parents and teens take personal responsibility for raising funds for youth trips and events.
- I am very intolerant of people who distort the Gospel.
- Most kids really do want to go deep into God’s Word more than they want to play games, even unbelievers.
- I can do almost anything if I have my wife’s love and support.
Posted on December 31, 2008