Many of us don’t ever think about doing anything else besides youth ministry. We live and breathe youth ministry. We have the scars to prove it, so it’s hard to ever think about leaving it. Deep down, we all know it can happen. While there are some lifetimers out there, many of us will move beyond youth ministry. How do you handle that situation? Here are some ideas that can help.
Know it can happen.
The first step in recovery is admitting you have a problem. Realize that leaving your ministry is a possibility, and is a huge step, but remember that God called you into youth ministry, He can move you to something else.
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Take a sabbatical.
If you’re lucky enough to have a church that will help you, taking time away from ministry to focus on you will be well worth it. You can use this time to take a refresher course, silent study, focus on family, or whatever will help you to recoup and think about your next step, all while still being paid.
Do another job for a time.
“Thanks for shopping at Wal-mart” are words you never thought you would utter, but that might be the place for you. When you’ve been in the church your whole life, you don’t always recognize how the rest of the world works. This is usually a major step but will give you a different perspective than the church will, and giving you opportunities to minister in other ways.
Running on empty?
We know the feeling. The energy of the fall is gone, seniors are already starting to head toward the door, and you’re questioning your own sanity because you were the one championing the junior high overnighter this Friday night. What do you do? You’ll need to find what is right for you, but here are a few suggestions to help you push through the funk.
Take an hour.
Sometimes you just need some space to clear your head for an hour or so. Go for a walk. Journal. Be silent. Exercise. Get a haircut that you haven’t had time for…you’re starting to resemble John the Baptist. Look at your Outlook calendar right now and make and appointment with yourself.
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Take a personal day.
Not everybody has the luxury of being able to sneak away for an entire day…but if you do, DO IT! An entire day of rest, relaxation, reading, reflecting and rejoicing might be just what the good doctor ordered. Of course you CAN do things that don’t start with the letter “R” but they probably won’t be as rewarding (see what we did there…another “R” word).