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Low pay, high stress, discouraging results, no respect, church politics, parental expectations, self-induced pressure....The list of reasons why many youth leaders quit youth ministry could go on and on.
But what is the #1 reason?
Decades - Youth - Leaders - United - States
After decades of working with youth leaders from across the United States, I think I've discovered the #1 reason why. It's simply this...
Down deep inside many youth leaders don't feel like they're really making a difference.
Years - Youth - Ministry - Ministry - Mutiny
Years ago I wrote a youth ministry fable called Ministry Mutiny. In it I tell the story of a twenty something youth leader named Ty who is already disillusioned with youth ministry. He wakes up one day and realizes that he has become a glorified babysitter for a bunch of sanctimonious or self-centered teenagers.
And he decides to quit.
Youth - Leader - Network - Meeting - Tony
But before he does he goes to one last youth leader network meeting where he meets Tony, a 20+ youth ministry vet who is known as "a lifer" in youth ministry. Tony, widely respected by other youth leader, has a spring in his step and a clear vision that drives him. His youth ministry was not the biggest in town, but it was strong.
Tony and Ty begin to chat and soon Tony is showing him how to commit "ministry mutiny", an uprising against the system that's been delivered to us (non-maliciously) by our youth ministry forefathers. This system is more games than Gospel, more fun than faith and more meetings than mission.
Ministry - Lots - Teenager - Youth - Ministry
I'm not anti-game or anti-fun (I actually think youth ministry needs lots of both) but I do believe that the most fun a teenager will have in youth ministry is when they are being impacted by God and impacting others for God.
I'm convinced there needs to be a total re-envisioning of...
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