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October 8, 2008

We as youth ministers can find ourselves in tough spots when it comes to dealing with other church leadership. We’re not at the top of the totem pole, and in some cases we’re seen as the babysitter of the church. Not all churches are this way, but unfortunately many are. We find our passion for Jesus and helping students, leading us to places with less than perfect leadership.

So what do you do when you find yourself in that spot? Do you fight it and start a revolution? Do you go along frustrated? Do you just focus on your own ministry and let the church fall down around you? What do you do when you find that you have more vision and passion for your ministry, than it seems your leadership does?

These are all tough questions, that have all sorts of complexities to them. So one answer doesn’t exactly work. So instead I’ll share some suggestions.

  • PRAY…I know that sounds like common sense, but sometimes we get so caught up in what we can do we forget to talk to God.
  • FIND A MENTOR…Finding someone to be a sounding board and to give advice is extremely valuable. It will keep you from thinking you’re alone in how you feel. It will also give you someone safe (meaning not in your church) to share the details of what’s happening.
  • READ…Never stop learning, especially when it comes to leadership. Not all of us are born leaders. So we need those who are to share their wisdom with us. And you never know, you may find an idea, or a thought that can help your church’s leadership in the long run.

What do you think? This isn’t all you can do, obviously, so share how you would handle these sorts of situations. Even if you think everyone knows it, share anyway. You never know.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Devin permalink
    October 8, 2008 9:35 pm

    i think its key to get on the same page as the rest of your leadership. It doesn’t matter if its staff, elders, or volunteers. You may not even like the page you end up on, but at least you know where everyone stands. And i think that you have to take the initiative. You have to be the person to go to others and hug it out . . . or shout it out . . . or play rock paper scissors for it.

  2. drew permalink*
    October 9, 2008 1:18 pm

    wouldn’t life be easier if we always did rock paper scissors? i agree with you a 100%, devin. if you’re on the same page, even if you want to tear the page out of the book and burn it, at least you know where you’re going. and really, whether you like that direction or not, i think we all just want to be part of a place that has that direction and that vision.

  3. Fred permalink*
    October 9, 2008 11:20 pm

    When I find myself in these situations, I try and remember back to what it was about this ministry that attracted me to it in the first place. God has called us to a place and there was something there at that time to ‘seal the deal’.

    Is that factor still present in your current ministry? If not, why? Can it be restored? Should it be restored?

    Passionate people in our position don’t stick around in places that aren’t passionate.

    You will become what you are surrounded by.

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