The Center for Youth Ministry Training recruits partner churches where our graduate residents serve as youth ministers while in our program. At a recent recruitment meeting at a prospective church, I was asked something that I’m asked at more than half of these meetings:
Will he or she (our youth minister) be musically gifted? Because our kids here love music, you know.
I shared my typical response, which is that some of our applicants play guitar and some can’t sing a note. but their musical abilities (or lack thereof) are not what determines if they are good youth ministers. If your youth minister is not musically gifted, then it is an opportunity to empower one of the youth or someone else in the church with those gifts.
Then, I took a bite of homemade chocolate chip cookie and was divinely inspired to say,
“You know…kids love to eat, but we don’t ask youth ministers if they can cook before we hire them.”
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.