EVERYTHING IN YOUTH MINISTRY STARTS HERE

LOGIN | REGISTER TO CONTRIBUTE

UNCATEGORIZED

One of the hallmarks of relational youth ministry is being available when someone has a need. When a parent is in crisis, when someone has an emergency, when there’s a relationship falling apart—each of these are times when students and families need you most.

This week we thought it might be good to talk about boundaries and principles to make sure you handle this important aspect of youth ministry in a way that helps those you serve without burning yourself out.

Build a great team of people who care.

If you’re alone doing ministry, you will fail. Sharing the load not only empowers volunteers to lead and use their gifts, it also allows you to multiply your care across the ministry. And few things wear on a youth worker like crisis management, so ensure you have energy for the big stuff by sharing the load on some of the smaller stuff!

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
2 Days Left to SAVE BIG on SYMC 2013!
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Care when there isn’t a crisis.

There’s nothing better than stopping by a student’s house “just because” or a dropping a simple card in the mail that conveys your love for them. Think of this as “preventative care” for your students—even when they aren’t in a crisis they know you care.

Drop everything in an emergency.

Sometimes it’s difficult to tell when something is truly an emergency but when a major crisis or catastrophe hits, drop everything to be there. When you show up in a difficult situation it will be remembered forever. The opposite is also true: If you don’t show up, it’s a huge mark on your reputation as a shepherd as well.

Graduation SALE: Discounted prices on Jesus-centered graduation gift sets until May 1. Plus, FREE standard shipping. Prepare them for what's next!

Just be there.
It isn’t always easy to know what to say—even when people look at you like you should. Don’t underestimate the power of the “be with” factor. Sit with them. Do more than just offer to help with whatever they need—everyone does that and it means you’re going to do nothing. Jump in and help or just get there and be present. And, quietly organize others to do the same.

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
2 Days Left to SAVE BIG on SYMC 2013!
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Make sure there’s a plan in place when you leave.

You need time off and regularly established boundaries, so make sure you set up a system of care while you’re away. Crises don’t plan their vacation schedule according to yours, so make sure there’s a simple process in place for care until you get back. As always, you need to make sure you’re in a good place to help others so never apologize for taking care of yourself and your family; just make sure you show up when you get back.

What other relational ministry tips would you have about being available?
 

Want to find out how you stack up against other youth workers? Take Group Magazine's fun, quick assessment HERE!
.

Leave a Comment

Please keep in mind that comments are moderated and rel="nofollow" is in use. So, please do not use a spammy keyword or a domain as your name, or it will be deleted. Let us have a personal and meaningful conversation instead.

  • VIEW ARTICLES BY CATEGORY

  • RECOMMENDED RESOURCES

    DOWNLOAD A FREE YOUTHMINISTRY.com eBOOK NOW!

    FREE DIGITAL GAME BOOK FULL OF INDOOR GAME IDEAS

    CLICK HERE