EF Youth Ministry
Empowering leaders of the next generation.
For a long time leadership has been understood as having an important title, which then provides the authority to lead. This understanding means we can’t lead until we are the top dog. I believe nothing is further from the truth. Leadership is defined as influence. Influence is the capacity to impact someone else’s character, thoughts, and behavior. This means that regardless of title or job description, we have the opportunity to lead others.
Being discontent in our ministry is often the result of wanting our idea of our ministry/church, not our real ministry/church. But God has not given us an idea or an image. He has given us a people, a church body. It is only in the realness of another that we will find completeness and contentedness.
I want the reflection of my life to be straight paths, paths of truth, paths of forward motion, and paths of fruitfulness for God's kingdom. If my life reflects what is in my heart, then I need to take time to reflect on what is happening in there!
Don’t forget about those people when it comes to gratitude. Take a minute and think about someone deep in your organization who you can send a thank you note, a text, or even better a phone call. That would really shock the old lady who sits in the back. Who knows where your ministry would be without her...
Generation Z has the average attention span of 8 seconds! They are growing up in a time where they are being served information from several levels and angles. They have adapted and can quickly sort through and assess an enormous amount of information.
I submit that there is a big difference between planning for problems and having a plan to deal with problems. We understand that problems and challenges are inherent when humans are involved. But rather than expecting the worst as an inevitability, we believe for, pray for, work for, and expect the best.
It is my belief that God wants to entrust a greater measure to those who prioritize family. Where we see fathers and sons turning toward each other we will see a greater measure of God's anointing. Where we see pastors who see their churches as a family not a platform we will see a greater measure of God's favor. Where we see God honored as a father and people empowered as children of God, we will see a greater measure of spiritual gifts poured out.
Resistance to forward motion is not outside of God will for our lives. If handled correctly, resistance can actually help to propel you forward in the ministry God has called you to!
One of the best ways for you as a Kids Ministry leader to gain support for your ministry is to let the congregation see what your kids are doing! This means putting them in front of the congregation. Now, anyone who has ever prepared kids to perform in front of an audience knows this: You can practice one time or a hundred, and they’ll never do it the same way on stage that they do during rehearsals. This is why kids’ performances are so very entertaining for parents, and so very stressful for Kid Min leaders! From the moment they march on-stage to the moment they’re all safely back in their seats, WE DON’T BREATHE. WE JUST WATCH, WITH FEAR AND TREMBLING, WONDERING WHAT THIS GROUP OF UNPREDICTABLE LITTLE PEOPLE WILL DO.