How to Use Prayer to Avoid Burnout

How to Use Prayer to Avoid Burnout

What I’m about to say might annoy some of my fellow youth ministers: I’ve never been burnt out in my ministry. Sure, I’ve been frustrated. I’ve cried, yelled, hid from my coworkers, and every other inadvisable coping mechanism while climbing the massive mountain of youth ministry with not much support, not much of a salary, and at times, not much fruit. As I reflected on this question of burnout in ministry, God revealed to me (in prayer, you may have guessed) why I have been spared so far from burnout: a daily prayer life. Let me explain…

PRAYER: THE BEST SELF-CARE YOU’LL EVER DO

We hear often about self-care, and prayer is the best there is. KEEP READING

Be John the Baptist, Not Christ

Be John the Baptist, Not Christ

I have often heard that we, as Youth Ministers, are called to be Christ to the teens we serve. While this is well intended and seemingly obvious, I believe that it falls short. I submit that what we need to concern ourselves with is being John The Baptist to our teens. Not being Christ but rather pointing to Christ.

Before I continue I must give credit for this insight to a good friend and instructor, Mark Mann. It was Mark who made this point in a class I attended a few years ago.

Mission of John the Baptist

Ever since that day in class I have challenged myself to become more focused on pointing to Christ as opposed to myself. KEEP READING

Away Message – How to Take a Leave of Absence

Away Message – How to Take a Leave of Absence

It has long been the common wisdom in youth ministry circles to stress the importance of developing a team of volunteers to serve the youth. This very wise advice moves from a goal to be achieved, to a necessity when the professional youth minister needs to take a leave of absence.

Planned leave

A leave of absence is expected for an event such as the birth or adoption of a child or recovering from surgery. Here are some tips to help you and your Parish prepare:

Invest in your Team: In the months leading up to your leave place a priority on developing your team. KEEP READING

Running on Empty – How to Prevent Burnout

Running on Empty – How to Prevent Burnout

We’ve all been there…. We have youth night one night, a retreat next weekend, and your parent meeting for Confirmation is right around the corner.The spring is one of the busiest times of the year in youth ministry, and the schedule is tight. You seem to be running on empty, and you feel as if you could burn out at any minute…

The good news is, you do not have to burn out or run until your tank is empty. There are things you can do, physically, mentally, and spiritually to prevent burn out. Here are a few ideas that can help you replenish yourself during this busy time of year. KEEP READING

The Great Transition – How to Say Goodbye

The Great Transition – How to Say Goodbye

It is always exciting to get that first ministry gig. We are full of energy, looking forward to sleepless night accompanied by a strict diet of pizza and stale candy. This was all we ever dreamed of and wouldn’t ask for anything to change ever… until one day it does. So many reasons cause us to leave our ministry. Whether it’s the result of burnout or from something like relocating with your family, no matter what this can be a sticky subject to breach. 

Talking to the Parish Staff:

if you work for a parish, it is likely to assume you understand this is more than a job. KEEP READING

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How to Use Prayer to Avoid Burnout

How to Use Prayer to Avoid Burnout

What I’m about to say might annoy some of my fellow youth ministers: I’ve never been burnt out in my ministry. Sure, I’ve been frustrated. I’ve cried, yelled, hid from my coworkers, and every other inadvisable coping mechanism while climbing the massive mountain of youth ministry with not much support, not much of a salary, and at times, not much fruit. As I reflected on this question of burnout in ministry, God revealed to me (in prayer, you may have guessed) why I have been spared so far from burnout: a daily prayer life. Let me explain…

PRAYER: THE BEST SELF-CARE YOU’LL EVER DO

We hear often about self-care, and prayer is the best there is. KEEP READING

Be John the Baptist, Not Christ

Be John the Baptist, Not Christ

I have often heard that we, as Youth Ministers, are called to be Christ to the teens we serve. While this is well intended and seemingly obvious, I believe that it falls short. I submit that what we need to concern ourselves with is being John The Baptist to our teens. Not being Christ but rather pointing to Christ.

Before I continue I must give credit for this insight to a good friend and instructor, Mark Mann. It was Mark who made this point in a class I attended a few years ago.

Mission of John the Baptist

Ever since that day in class I have challenged myself to become more focused on pointing to Christ as opposed to myself. KEEP READING

Away Message – How to Take a Leave of Absence

Away Message – How to Take a Leave of Absence

It has long been the common wisdom in youth ministry circles to stress the importance of developing a team of volunteers to serve the youth. This very wise advice moves from a goal to be achieved, to a necessity when the professional youth minister needs to take a leave of absence.

Planned leave

A leave of absence is expected for an event such as the birth or adoption of a child or recovering from surgery. Here are some tips to help you and your Parish prepare:

Invest in your Team: In the months leading up to your leave place a priority on developing your team. KEEP READING

Running on Empty – How to Prevent Burnout

Running on Empty – How to Prevent Burnout

We’ve all been there…. We have youth night one night, a retreat next weekend, and your parent meeting for Confirmation is right around the corner.The spring is one of the busiest times of the year in youth ministry, and the schedule is tight. You seem to be running on...

The Great Transition – How to Say Goodbye

The Great Transition – How to Say Goodbye

It is always exciting to get that first ministry gig. We are full of energy, looking forward to sleepless night accompanied by a strict diet of pizza and stale candy. This was all we ever dreamed of and wouldn’t ask for anything to change ever… until one day it does....

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Missionary Discipleship is all the buzz in the church. Maybe your parish is considering becoming Rebuilt. Perhaps they are pondering a Divine Renovation. Perhaps the answers can be found in Forming Intentional Disciples. Efforts towards the New Evangelization of the...

Benefits You Should Fight For

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Recently, Tony and Michael hosted a live broadcast discussing average youth ministry salaries with Dr. Charlotte McCorquodale from Ministry Training Source (If you missed the original live broadcast, you can watch the video here). It's no secret that youth ministers...

Love Jesus Like He’s Your Best Friend

Love Jesus Like He’s Your Best Friend

Have you seen that episode of Full House where Michelle is in the first grade and her best friend Teddy has to move to Amarillo, TX due to his father getting a new job? Michelle and Teddy were used to sharing their lunches, finishing each other’s printing homework,...

Finding the Balance Between Family and Work

Finding the Balance Between Family and Work

We can be our own worst enemy.  Just close your eyes for a moment and think of a time when a family event conflicted with a work event.  What did you do?  Did you attend the family event or did you attend the work event?  My son’s birthday often falls on the same date...

Turning Active Teens into Active Adults

Turning Active Teens into Active Adults

Having been involved in both youth and young adult ministry, (and a “youngish” young adult myself) I’ve had a lot of time and opportunity to observe the “young adult problem” in the Church. For many reasons, young adults get lost in the shuffle, particularly so if...

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