Most youth workers I know have gotten into student ministry because they love Jesus and they love kids. Their heart and passion is often overflowing. And this initial fire brings excitement, growth, and even some fruit. If there is one thing youth workers are known for it is starting strong. And on the flip side, the other thing youth workers are known for is flaming out!
Building a sustainable youth ministry takes a team.
Your initial love and passion can honestly only get you so far. After about 6 months you have used up all your greatest talks, greatest games, greatest gimmicks, and you can see the fruit of your greatest work is starting to have diminishing returns. Building a student ministry that lasts takes more than passion. It takes an intentional plan to build a student ministry that will survive the waves and winds of this crazy job.
Like all buildings, the strongest and most stable are the ones who have the strongest infrastructure. These buildings are not simple shelters, but they are highly engineered structures that require a team of experts to work together to draw plans and actually build. And like a complex building, a sustainable student ministry needs much more than your passion and our expertise.
We get for a building project there must be engineers, architects, construction workers, contractors, interior designers, electricians, plumbers, and on and on. But do you really get that your student ministry needs a team as well.
Orange as a vital partner in sustainable student ministry.