Chances are, you are not going to be in the church you’re currently serving at for the rest of your life. I love so many youth workers that serve each day like they will, but sometimes God moves you on. When He does, here’s 3 things that I hope describe you on your way out:
Work hard to stay mentally engaged
It’s like you are a high school senior in February – graduation is the only thing that matters – so good luck paying attention in class. One of the most challenging aspects of moving on is staying engaged. But while it is difficult, it is the right thing to do. Be on time to work, focus on the little things that demonstrate you’re still caring and thinking about the ministry, fight off the “lame duck” pressure, and finish strong.
Work hard to the last day
You can ditch meetings that are soley future-oriented, but if there’s something that involves you or would beneift from your involvement, be there! The tempation is to detach yourself from the ministry mentally (see above) and physically is great. So get to work – even stay late if you need to! You show the depth of your character when you show up.
Work hard on the handoff
The transition to the next youth worker at your church is typically the biggest fumble in most youth ministry leadership transitions. And while sometimes this just isn’t possible – it would be a shame to let all of the hard work and progress over the last few years stall out or even move backwards. If there’s no candidate for the position and no volunteer showing promise, consider making a handbook of timely information that needs to be handed off.
Hopefully you’ll never have to leave – but if you do, finish strong!