Let's be honest, our job is not that complicated. Really, after a year you have learned everything you need to know in order to faithfully do student ministry. For the quick studies, you have made it a past year and are good to go. For those who didn't make that first year, you probably aren't reading this blog. :)
Of course there is always things to learn, and I am a huge fan of life long learning. But for the most part, the basics aren't that hard. What is hard are the specific ministry encounters, our own soul care, and navigating the political waters at church. No book or class will help you in these endeavors. The only hope you have for success and longevity is to be connected to colleagues who love student ministry and love Jesus.
I am so thankful to be a part of a denomination that values connection so much. I have had the pleasure and joy of spending this last week connecting with my fellow youth workers, sharing life, joys, failures, and best practices for some mutual edification.
Connection is one of my core values and I am fully committed to it. Is it for you?
What do you do to connect with fellow youth workers? How do you stay sharp and encouraged in ministry? May you too find some colleagues that you can connect with and share life with so you can serve your students for the long haul.