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I have the best job in the world. It’s great. I get to do everything I enjoy doing. I get to play music. I get to do graphics design. I get to plan and administrate and I get to teach, all in the context of a group of teens I love. I really, really love my ministry. I just have to be careful that I don’t love it more than I love my students.

Occasionally I catch myself loving the ministry more than the youth. Don’t get me wrong, I never stop caring for the students. It’s just that there are seasons when the “ministry” part of Youth Ministry takes precedent over the “youth” part. I loose focus. Maybe it’s because I’m a workaholic, but I have a feeling I’m not the only one. Sometimes we get too caught up in the business of telling teens that Jesus loves them, and forget to tell that we love them too.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself to gauge where you’re current Youth Ministry emphasis is. If you tend to answer Yes more than No, maybe you need to reshift your focus from the job to the students.
  1. Do you enjoy Monday mornings more than Sunday mornings?
  2. When you see a teen is your first thought, “What kind of trouble is he getting into?”
  3. During programs are you more concerned with programming or students?
  4. Do you make judgments about teens based on his/her exterior actions or their interior reasons for acting?
  5. When you talk to teens do you talk more about upcoming events or their life?
  6. Does it bother you when teens interrupt your work just to chat.
  7. Are your conversations with teens becoming more and more about discipline?
  8. Are teens starting to get under your skin?
  9. Is it becoming harder to convince adults of your vision?
  10. Are you finding more and more pictures of yourself with darts in them?

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