As a youth minister, I spent a lot of time on a variety of important things: planning, relational ministry, playing with the little toy that came in the Life Support Box. There was always something to keep me busy.
Unfortunately, I also spent a good portion of time doing things that didn’t matter, like complaining.
It seemed that no matter how good things were in my ministry, I always found something to complain about:
“Not enough teens are coming.”
“Fellow staff members aren’t supporting my ministry.”
“Parents just don’t understand.” (Is Will Smith some sort of youth ministry prophet?)
While all of these were valid, often times I allowed them to steal my joy and cause me to forget about the many things that I should have been thankful for.
So, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, here is a list of some of the things I am thankful for in youth ministry:
- Teens who show up and strive to know Jesus more everyday.
- Leftover pizza.
- Core Team Members who give their time, talent, and treasure to the ministry.
- Parishioners who pray for the youth.
- Pastors who invest in the teens.
- Shaving cream.
- The Sacraments.
- Friday night football games.
- My bishop.
- Long bus rides.
This list could go on and on, and just thinking about these things gives me great joy. And if there’s one thing you can never have enough of in youth ministry, it’s joy. So, what about you?
Question: What things are you thankful for in youth ministry? (Share below.)