Average Youth Minister’s Law

Youth Pastoring
The Average Youth Minister Law states that if you plan an event that works better with many people only a few will show up. If you plan an event that will work best with just a few people then half the town will show up. You can extrapolated from this basic law any number of laws that can be applied to any phase of your youth meeting. For instance volunteers. Last week I didn't have a huge need for them and I had 7 of them just milling around looking for something to do. This week I had a whole lesson planned to use them in many ways, but only 1 showed up. (My own wife went to another church!) It just always seems to work out that way. Tonight…
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Getting Caught Up

Youth Pastoring
Working as a minister one of the things that you learn very early on is that the weeks never stop. If you are a pastor there is always another Sunday. If you are a youth pastor there is always another Wednesday. Even if you take a long weekend, or have other things to do, the Wednesday night meeting is always coming back around again, and the same study, planning, and set-up has to happen. As a youth pastor I lighten this load sometimes by using prepackaged stuff. I guess I do that about 1/4 of my yearly lesson, but even those need to be learned and tweaked. Sometimes I do take vacations that are over Wednesday's where I will give the night to someone else, but I still have to…
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Organizing the Clutter

Organizing the Clutter

Youth Pastoring
I am a man who loves technology, but I have yet to find a good way to organize my thoughts, notes, to do lists, and other things electronically. I will pick a new service, use it for a while and then ultimately abandon it for a series of notes scribbled on a dozen different notebooks, scraps of paper, and whatever unfortunate child happened to be around when I had an idea and a sharpie. Ultimately, when whatever type of organization I am using fails I like to blame the system rather than my own lack of skills. Apparently every day planner that I bought for about 5 years in a row was broken because none of the helped me to organize my life. So with a new job and lots…
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It’s Just Life

My Life, Youth Pastoring
Our church secretary for the past 26 years suffered a series of mini-strokes last week. She is doing much better now and is slated for surgery in the coming weeks. So she has chosen this as an opportune moment to retire. So this week has been a little on the crazy side. Here are a few of the other things going on: We are kicking off a new Children's Church program (so there are lots of logos and logistics to finalize) We have our annual Trunk or Treat extravaganza tomorrow night (anyone else do the Trunk or Treat thing? It is great. We started this several years ago, at the time we were the only church in our community doing it. Now we are one of about 10) I was…
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Business Meetings, Deadlines, and Brain Fatigue

Youth Pastoring
My brain is tired tonight. For some reason our church has gone back to monthly business meetings. These meetings are on Wednesday nights which means if the youth are to attend (or if I am to attend) we must stop what we are doing every 4th week and go sit through something that even though important isn't all that interesting. Tonight we were approving the budget and a couple of new policies so I felt like I needed to be in the meeting, but at the same time there were students who were coming to church who aren't Christians and tonight would just be their second time in church just about ever so I just couldn't bring myself to asking my students to come upstairs. So I found myself leading…
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