If asked an important question about the youth ministry at your church, would your pastor know the answer or have to say “I don’t know.” Not sure. What about these questions:
1. What is the mission of the youth ministry?
2. What happens in the youth ministry?
3. What is the most exciting thing happening in the youth ministry?
4. How many students are involved in the youth ministry?
5. How many volunteers are involved in the youth ministry?
Can your pastor answer these questions? I know some of you are immediately thinking he or she doesn’t have to know they can simply pass those people on to me and I can answer the questions. If you are at a large church, those feelings may be even more pronounced knowing that your pastor can’t know everything about every ministry and shouldn’t try.
We like to tell ourselves half truths. It is true your pastor doesn’t need to know everything about everything. However, they ought to know something. If a parent comes to them or a potential member inquires, they should be able to share about the youth ministry.
Of course, pastors will tell themselves half truths too: the youth minister has got it, I don’t have to know that, etc.
I am constantly amazed at how little youth ministers and their pastors communicate about what’s going on in the youth ministry.
What should they know? You can focus on these four things.
1. How is the youth ministry to accomplishing its mission? Where is progress taking place?
2. What is happening in the youth ministry? They don’t need the details but they ought to know you have youth group, small groups, etc.
3. Positive stories that they can carry to the congregation through worship, meetings, or encounters with members.
4. How they can help and support you.
Many youth ministers make the mistake of believing that their pastor should come to them and find out these answers. Others believe that these things get communicated through staff meetings. However, CYMT (www.cymt.org) believes that it is our job to communicate these things to our pastor and that only logistics get communicated during staff meetings (dates, times, numbers).
So when was the last time, you shared what is going on in the ministry with your pastor? Do you have a regular time (outside of staff meeting) to share with them the heart of the ministry?
Communication Key #1 = Communicate with your Pastor!
You will see a difference!
The rest of the week we’ll look at these Communication Keys:
#2 – Parents
#3 – Youth
#4 – Church
#5 – Spouse
We are hearing from numerous youth ministers that during this season their plate is just too full. Caring for others is a ministry staple, but often it comes at the expense of caring for oneself. Self care for the Youth MInister is so important. If you don’t take time for yourself and your own relationship with God, not only will you suffer, but eventually your students will too.
We’ve created a Pandemic Youth Week curriculum bundle that combines elements of both a summer camp and a youth week. Many youth are missing out on both of these due to cancelled camps and trips among other cancelled important events your youth would usually attend. We’ve written this curriculum such that it can be used in person while socially distancing, online, or some combination of both.
Despite all the challenges the pandemic has presented to youth ministries, it has also created an opportunity to allow youth more involvement in worship. Although youth sunday will look very different this year, it is a great opportunity to empower our youth to be leaders. Youth’s comfort and familiarity with technology make them a great resource for churches who are seeking to move their worship services online for the first time.