Getting your Pastor excited about the youth program might seem challenging, but it is vital to the success of your ministry! Here is how to get your Pastor fired up about your ministry:
First, and most importantly, PRAY! Make it a priority to pray, not just for your Pastor, but also WITH him. Prayer is such an essential part of ministry, and if you tend to let it fall to the wayside you can set a reminder on your phone or write it on your calendar. It is important to spend time frequently and intentionally asking God to bless your Pastor.
Know Your Pastor’s “Why”
As a youth minister, it is crucial to know your own “why” and to communicate it to your Pastor. But in order to do effective ministry, you also need to know HIS goals and vision for the parish and for youth ministry. Spend some time listening to what is important to your Pastor, where he wants to lead the parish, what he wants to focus on, and his strategy for accomplishing it.
Learn The Best Way To Share Information
You are a youth minister, so I am guessing you know the definition of BUSY. Take that and multiply it by 1,000 and you might have a small idea of what your Pastor is dealing with. Our priests are incredibly busy, so finding a way to communicate effectively and concisely will help ensure you stay on the same page. You should be meeting with your Pastor face to face regularly (think once a month as a bare minimum) to discuss what is going on in your ministry, share your wins, and discuss plans for what is coming next. You should also send a follow up email after the meeting that includes a recap and any additional information you need to share or request.
Set and Communicate Clear Goals
When you set clear goals and take the time to share this vision with your Pastor, you are setting yourself up to win. Too often, youth ministry can seem like you are constantly treading water and just trying to avoid “losing.” But when you set real, attainable goals, you get to share your accomplishments with your Pastor every time you achieve them. Sharing your goals with your Pastor not only holds you accountable, but it will get him fired up knowing what you are working toward.
Make Your First Ask of Him More Powerful
Like we already said, Pastors are BUSY! It would be nearly impossible for your pastor to be at every single youth event- he probably can’t even come close to making it to half of them. So when you are deciding which events you want to ask him to make a priority, choose the ones that will include the most powerful and important moments in your ministry. Instead of asking him to show up to the annual youth jello-eating contest, make it a priority for him to attend the high school retreat that students always have a powerful experience with. Involving your Pastor in the most important parts of your ministry helps him see the value and impact it has on the students, and is sure to get him fired up!