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It’s kind of funny how God works, sometimes. I was using wifi to check email on my youth group’s missions trip, when I noticed I was asked to write a response to this week’s articles. The truly funny thing is that I’m reading an article about youth ministry volunteers.

I felt a bit convicted by the fact that here I’m leading 65 people on this awesome trip knowing that it isn’t possible without adult volunteers. It got me thinking about the other 51 weeks of youth ministry I will be responsible for this year. After reading this, I figured out I have about 25 adults sharing in a ministry setting with teenagers.

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Here’s the problem: I have a need for volunteers all year long, yet I never seem to utilize them. I’ve been guilty of wasting their time, or not giving them actual assignments. I’m also guilty of only using them when I need them—instead of year round. Plainly put: I’m a volunteer failure.

The sad part about all of this is that I still didn’t make any changes; I simply thought about it. I mean, I have this golden opportunity to wait until the environment is right and the room is full of hugs, tears, and love, and then… Bam! Drop it on them—ask them, “Who wants to continue this feeling all year?” I could have signed them up, but didn’t.

That being said, most of my volunteers on the trip were parents. I mean, I do well at communicating how their children are doing spiritually, and I even do well at communicating what we’re learning. But I don’t enlist their help in my ministry.

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So if I’m already leading and communicating with parents and volunteers, why is my ministry still a one-man show? Laziness! If I’m truly honest about what I’m doing, I haven’t allowed space for volunteers. I haven’t intentionally given up control and made time for others to help. I realize it’s a “me” problem and I’m thankful for this week’s articles because they’ve provided me the proper perspective that’s relevant to me right now.

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