Does the church take itself to seriously? Yes. Do we take our jobs to seriously? Yes. Don’t get me wrong we are in the Kingdom business and our work is eternally important. Of course, we are God’s instruments and sometimes I think we play funny notes. When we do, we should laugh.
This is the third post in the series 5 Things to Make Church Work More Fun . Laughter is contagious! It is good for the soul. It is good for community. It deepens relationships. Think about how often when you get together with old friends you think back and share stories about funny events.
Working for the church would be more fun if we would laugh at ourselves and together. Youth Ministers can bring this gift to the staff by sharing funny things that happened in the youth ministry, something that happened during worship, etc. Don’t share things to bring others down, share them to help folks be a little less serious and a little more joyful.
Our staff is still talking about the story I shared after Ash Wednesday service about the 2 1/2 year old who wanted a butterfly not a cross. See if you can convince the boss that sharing these stories together should be a regular part of your life together as a staff. Its hard to be in a fight when you are laughing about something!
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.