Church staff’s are notorious for not having any fun. Everyone on staffs task list is longer than they can possible do on their own. We get together and talk about all the details of what needs to happen and to get our marching orders, then we run to our corners to scurry around some more. Just as church staff’s fail to celebrate, they fail to share with each other the amazing things God is doing through their ministry.
This is the fourth post in the series 5 Things to Make Church Work More Fun . God is moving in our midst. Sometimes, we fail to see Him; and sometimes we fail to tell others when we do.
Working for the church would be more fun if we would … STOP! … for a second and stand in AWE of what God has done together. Youth Ministers can bring this gift to the staff by sharing stories about how God is invading the lives of teenagers and how we were privileged to be there.
Our staff is still talking about the story I shared about Camp Barnabas (www.campbarnabas.org – a special needs camp where you’ll experience heaven on earth) and what one of our seniors said about their humbling experience of serving someone else and their desire to answer a call to serve others.
Telling stories of what God is doing reminds us of the real reason that we all scurry around in the first place.
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.