This post was originally posted at youthministry360.com. Andy Blanks and his team there continue to crank out great material and resources for youth workers. (Thanks Andy for letting me be a small part of that team.)
The first couple years in youth ministry can be a trying time for many youth workers. At times it seems like each step could potentially have a hidden landmine underneath. While the most obvious landmines are easy to identify—staying within budget, maintaining appropriate boundaries with students, and communicating clearly with parents—one of the most dangerous ones often catches many new youth workers off-guard.
One of the biggest mistakes new youth workers can make is failing to fully understand their relationship with their supervisors.