Well, here we are. Every youth minister’s favorite time of year: Spring – when Proms seem to happen every weekend, Spring Breaks feel like they last for the entire semester, and youth group numbers tend to plummet faster than stock in Facebook.
I always dreaded the Spring Semester, and the same questions seemed to always arise:
How come so many teens stopped showing up?
Have we taken a step back since Fall?
Is this really worth it?
The teens and parents don’t seem to appreciate all my work. Is it time to quit?
And then one year, I heard a quote that fascinated me:
“The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year.” – John Foster Dulles
“Hmmm . . . this is the same problem I had last year. Perhaps the problem . . . is me.”
The truth is, when it came to the Spring Semester, it was easier to make excuses than it was to hustle.
It was easier to roll me eyes when Prom came around and hope I might be able to get half the teens I normally did.
It was easier to get frustrated at another Spring Break that took teens out of town rather than find a creative way to do relational ministry with those who remained.
It was easier to blame poor attendance at Life Night on spring sports rather than plan and prepare Life Nights that were so spectacular that teens just had to tell their friends.
It’s time to stop making excuses.
It’s time to step it up a notch.
It’s time to make this Spring the measure of success rather than another disappointing failure.
It’s a tough problem we have on our hands, but we have a God who loves us so much, and every teen, whether they know it or not, desires Him.
As youth ministers we know this. We are passionate about this. But this passion hides behind our excuses.
We can’t let that happen any more. We need to unleash this passion throughout the year.
Not just in the Fall.
In the Spring.
At Life Nights.
At Freshmen Girls’ Badminton Tournaments.
Anywhere and everywhere that passion must burn.
It’s time to pull it out of the shade of excuses and let it shine for all to see.
Especially this time of year.
Especially this Spring.
Question: What are you going to do different this Spring Semester? (Share below.)