There is a great section in This Way to Youth Ministry (pp. 136-137) adapted from Les Parrott’s, Helping the Struggling Adolescent: A Counselling Guide:
Be more than your job
Maintain stability without stagnation
Live a whole life
Learn to say “no”
Remember that you are not the Messiah
Cultivate your sense of play
Keep the Sabbath
Do not take yourself too seriously
Remember not to let your job get in the way of your calling
Never step on the scale of comparison
Recognise that even the best farmer faces seasons of slow growth
Keep coming back to where you want to end up
This is a really important issue. It is so easy to loose the plot and get too busy. We need to be really focussed on our calling and the priorities that come from that, and also the things that therefore aren’t as important. We need to be bold at saying no as well as yes and understanding, as Doug Fields always says, that every time we say yes to something extra at church etc. means less time for God, ourselves and our family because those are always the first people to loose out. For me I find it is a real challenge but incredibly important to discern what is not just a good thing to do but a God thing – what is it that He wants to be happening.
What techniques/ways/thoughts does anyone else have on how they prevent burnout and understand their priorities?
“Most often youth workers – and especially youth pastors – are very pragmatic and oriented to the program: fun and games, Bible studies, camps, retreats, social activities, and such things. It is a little difficult to talk about philosophy and theology with youth workers in the morning when they know they are taking care of fiften junior highers that same evening. Further, youth workers have a reputation not of being “thinkers” but doers, being more interested in how to do youth ministry than in the reasons and basis of it.
But this is the problem. The tyranny of the immediate forces many to neglect the weightier matters of youth ministry.”
John Dettoni, Introduction to Youth Ministry, (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 1993), p. 17 cited inThis Way to Youth Ministry (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2004), p. 16
Last night saw the launch of our local children’s and youth leader training. It was a good night with just over 40 people gathering to spend time in worship and being inspired about the work they do. New Harvest Community Church youth band led worship and they were really good. I spoke on Psalm 78 and God’s vision for our work with the next generation and then Johnny Douglas, a local church leader and ex-YFC man (who also happens to have a great new blog – Soul Health: Meandering with my Maker), spoke on culture and convictions. He spoke very well after what had been a really busy day for him. His two key words were culture and convictions and he was really hot on destroying this idea that it is all about the numbers – instead emphasising that it is about the lives we invest in and how we do that. Really good stuff.
It was all recorded and hopefully should be up on a podcast in the not to distant future.
Further events planned:
* ‘What’s your aim?’ and ‘Planning a Programme’ – Saturday 25th Nov 9am – 12noon
* ‘Bridging the gap between Youth/Children and Church and Community’ and ‘The appeal of God to the middle classes’ – Saturday 20th Jan 9am – 12noon
* First Aid Training – Saturday 17th Mar 9am – 5pm (Cost £25 per person)
If you are local to Brentwood and want some training do think about coming along. Get in touch if you want more information.
The ‘Universal’ Tour is coming to Brentwood on the 25th of November. ‘Universal’ is the follow up to the worldwide success of ‘Revolution’. Released in April 06 ‘Universal’ has already been named Wesley Owen / Premier album of the month in the UK. YFriday will be touring with Titus and LZ7. Download Booking Form
YFriday concert details
Date: Saturday 25th of November 2006
Location: Courage Hall, Brentwood, Essex
Ticket cost: £8
Doors open: 7:00pm
For more info:
Phone: 07870 444015
Or visit: yfriday.co.uk , titusmusic.com , lz7.co.uk
The point is this: I saw more clearly than ever, that the first great and primary business to which I ought to attend every day was, to have my soul happy in the Lord. The first thing to be concerned about was not, how much I might serve the Lord, how I might glorify the Lord; but how I might get my soul into a happy state, and how my inner man might be nourished. For I might seek to set the truth before the unconverted, I might seek to benefit believers, I might seek to relieve the distressed, I might in other ways seek to behave myself as it become a child of God in this world; and yet, not being happy in the Lord, and not being nourished and strengthened in my inner man day by day, all this might not be attended to in a right spirit.
Autobiography of George Müller, comp. Fred Bergen (London: J. Nisbet, 1906), 152-4, quoted in Desiring God, John Piper, (Leicester: IVP, 2003), p. 357
I then spend an afternoon a week in a local primary school doing ‘detached work’ at lunchtime – hanging around in the playground playing football, teaching RE lessons and then I run a football club after school. In this school over the course of the year I and another schools worker are teaching every ‘Christian’ part of the RE syllabus to the pupils – what an exciting thing to have Christians teaching Christianity to pupils. On top of that I do assemblies and other things such as sports days etc. at that and another local primary school. This has recently led to a school asking me to become an associate governor with the view to helping in the wider context of the school.
It is great to play a part in the wider community and to develop a link with young people for many years – we can follow them from the start of primary school to the end of secondary school if I stay at the church for 14 years!
What links have others managed to set up with people or groups in the local community?
I have managed to borrow an old pda and a filofax off some friends and am now charging the pda up in the hope that I can test them out for a couple of weeks and see if I can find a system that works better for me. How does anyone else run their diary?
Anyone else got any thoughts?