For the days you want to quit

This is for the days you want to quit.

- For the days when you dread checking your e-mail because you know there’s going to be another nastygram from someone you’ve upset.
- For the days when staff transitions leave you feeling unsettled.
- For the days when you’ve lingered and prayed over an event… That no one attends.
- For the days when staff conflicts leave you questioning why on earth God chose the church to do his will.
- For the days when your budget gets cut.
- For the days when the kid you’ve invested countless time and energy in tells you that youth group is no longer her “thing”.
- For the days when you look at your paycheck and think “I work 60 hours a week and make this?!?”
- For the days when a parent catches you after church and yells at you.
- For the days when your student leaders fail.
- For the days when that lesson you were all excited about tanks.
- For the days when you worry one of your kids has started doing drugs.

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Jen Bradbury on Youth Ministry

Jen serves as the Minister of Youth and Family at Atonement Lutheran Church in Barrington, Illinois. A veteran youth worker, Jen holds an MA in Youth Ministry Leadership from Huntington University. Jen is the author of The Jesus Gap: What Teens Actually Believe about Jesus (The Youth Cartel), The Real Jesus (The Youth Cartel), Unleashing the Hidden Potential of Your Student Leaders (Abingdon), and A Mission That Matters (Abingdon). Her writing has also appeared in YouthWorker Journal, Immerse, and The Christian Century. Jen is also the Assistant Director of Arbor Research Group where she has led many national studies. When not doing ministry or research, she and her husband, Doug, and daughter, Hope, can be found traveling and enjoying life together.

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