Can You Tell me A Story?

My 4th question in this series  for re-evaluating volunteers is, “Can you tell me a story?”. Every youth ministry has a narrative. We are a collection of stories but we tend to focus on numbers, activity, and logistics.

Stories matter. Stories tell me what kind of impact you’re making. Stories reveal the characters you are impacting and might reveal the plot that that is developing,  I don’t even mind if they brag a little, boast in Christ’s name of what God has been doing in them and through them.

The other half of this story is about “How is this youth ministry is impacting you?” I want to know who’s touching your heart, what are you learning (from students) through the ministry, and what is God teaching you in the midst of your ministry to students?

I could go deeper into story and ask them to each share how they would like their story change. What twist would they like too see and maybe how they would like to see their story in youth ministry end.

This last question is important because I am asking them to dream and then embrace practices that will increase the chances that they are getting the ending they are looking for. In addition to getting what they want our students are going to get motived leader seeking to write a better story for themselves and, ultimately, our youth ministry.

The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals. – Melodie Beattie

What’s your story?

Join me tomorrow for part five.


Is Your Mission Big Enough?

This is the third post in my series about evaluating your youth ministry volunteers. If you do not happen to have a team, this would be great questions to ask yourself if you feel your own commitment slacking.

Small church youth ministries struggle because the mission isn’t big enough not only to keep kids engaged, but to keep kids growing. I find this also to be true with volunteers whose commitment is waning.

This is not only a question for my volunteers but for me as well as I set the pace for our youth ministry, Posing the question to my volunteers may be the key to finding our where I need to broaden their vision as to the importance of why they are there.

This personal mission statement may reveal new roles and responsibilities I need to create which give them a greater satisfaction and a greater sense of purpose.

I may start with the question: What do you believe your personal mission is when you walk into the youth room? My guess is, non one has one, which means I need to help them craft one. This may be taken care of in one of our month LIFT meetings.

I will ask our volunteers to prayerfully consider what their personal mission and, once that is established, ask them how that fits into the overall scheme of things. It will be interesting to hear the answers but here are some that may come to their mind

To help you help the youth

To help kids find Jesus

To do whatever you ask of me

Now, I’m giving the basest of answers, they could surprise me and I will let you know if they do.

Once we have cemented personal missions of each of the volunteers, I may ask our students to do the same.

My missions has been the same for 28 years

    1. Create an an atmosphere to know God (worship, fellowship,)
    1. 2. Create an environment to serve God (se
    rvice, leadership)
    This has kept me focused and has kept me in the game when I felt like quitting.
    If you have a personal mission statement each week you walk in to serve young people, what is it?

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