Working in youth ministry has been the most rewarding calling that I've followed but also the biggest blow to the ego. If the youth don't make you remember how little you actually know, then there will be a parent who will throw you a curve ball and ask you a question that only prayer can give you the answer to.
It's not easy. There is VERY high turnover in youth ministry. I know several who have left the church entirely due to a bad situation at one of their churches.
But I also know a few select elite youth ministers who have been doing it for years and still get joy out of their calling. And I think I've found one of the secrets to their endurance (there are more but this one hit home this week): they all have a cheerleader and often more than one.
Spiritual Cheerleaders:A cheerleader can do a lot of things to help keep you going when you need a little pick me up.
1) A cheerleader gets the entire crowd roaring. Even when you're losing, cheerleaders will get the entire crowd to rally behind you.
2) A cheerleader expects you to fumble but still keeps cheering. . Your "fans" may boo at you and throw red solo cups but your cheerleaders will still shout out some praise.
3) A cheerleader reminds you why you play the game. When you hit those time when you forget why God calls you into ministry, your cheerleader reminds you of the passion you started with.
If you have a cheerleader in your life, thank them today for what they do and if you don't have one find one who will cheer you on with the grace that only God can put in our lives.
A miserable heart means a miserable life; a cheerful heart fills the day with song.
Until Everyone Hears,