Note: I wrote this piece a while ago, in connection with my new book, Called. In the days since when it live, however, I have accepted a new job with Fuller Youth Institute and so am now (ironically) in the process of transitioning out of my role as Minister of Youth & Family at Atonement.
Yet, the reality is youth ministry is hard. On any given day, we might…
…wonder if what we’re doing matters.
…have a tough conversation with a young person or someone in their family.
…deal with conflict.
…talk to people who just don’t get it.
…feel siloed, isolated, or separated from the rest of our congregation.
…get an email from an angry parent.
…have to deal with new health and safety protocols (Thanks Covid!).
…have to figure out how to reach teens both in-person and online.
…struggle with attendance as we compete against the many things vying for our young people’s time and energy.
…have to lead an event we don’t fully believe in.
…worry about our youth ministry (or church’s) diminishing budgets.
…get called to a hospital bedside.
…walk with teens through suffering.
…struggle with burnout.
Some days make us want to quit or at least start over somewhere else. When those days occur, here are 10 questions to help you decide whether to stay or go.
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