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Transitioning into a new ministry is never easy.

Transition means there’s change in the air and most people naturally avoid change because they fear the unknown.

Even when previous leadership leaves behind a healthy ministry, change is difficult. It’s even more difficult when a new leader is coming in to clean up a mess… that type of transition is very challenging.

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Most youth workers will see a lot of transition over the course of their ministry. Since Matt is only a few months into a new youth ministry position at a new church, we thought it would be a good idea to explore some of the learnings that we’ve discussed over coffee from Matt’s transition:

ABSORB AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE
Being new means being clueless. Sure, personal experience is a fabulous foundation for leadership in ministry, but context is also vitally important. If you want to tank your transition into a new ministry, neglect your new church’s culture, ministry history, students, parents, volunteers, gate keepers, key leaders, verbal detractors, and core leadership values. It’s great for a new leader to have a lot of fresh new ideas, but take time to learn (and come across as a ‘learner’) before putting your new ideas into play.

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IMPROVE COMMUNICATION
Change requires a relational currency and a new leader doesn’t have any of this currency unless there has been a strong validation from the senior pastor (and even then, it’s temporary currency). One place where you can get started early earning currency is with your ministry’s communication. Improving communication is relatively painless, especially in today’s digital world, yet you’ll see big benefits. When you make it a priority to communicate well you will gain supporters. People are down on what they’re not informed on. We doubt you’ll ever hear a parent say, “STOP IT! You are communicating too much!”

Tell the life-change stories seen within your ministry. This simple act is motivating to adults and will also encourage students to take new growth steps. Also, keep looking for the stories to tell that will force you to learn more about your new ministry… that’s a good thing!
 

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