9 Priorities in Starting a Youth Ministry (Part 3)

In the past two days’ I’ve covered 6 other Roles: (links below)

Tuesday we talked about Culture, Community and Construction and

Wednesday we talked about Evaluation, Engagement and Enterprise.


When entering a church, it’s important for you to understand what jobs you are taking on, and which ones you are not.  There are times you must jump onto another team to pinch hit, but you need to know the roles that you are filling and do them well.

You also need to know the roles of the other major players in the church.  Who is everyone you need to interact with in the church body?  Who are their names?  How can you serve them? How can you make their jobs easier?  What do they expect of you? How do you communicate you value them? How approachable are you? These are all questions you need to answer.


 Inside roles there are many responsibilities.  In your job (as every type of job) you have to do things and when you get to know these things well, you will be more proficient at them.  You will have explicitly stated responsibilities and then some that are not-so explicit.  The trick is, to figure out the non-explicitly given responsibilities a look and clarify whose job is this really?  Can it be delegated?  Is this someone’s power trip?  Is this a fair or unfair thing to ask me to do?  Is someone else more gifted/qualified to do this?  All of these can help you say NO when it is appropriate and take them on when it is appropriate also.  Many given responsibilities are only vision killers when they are accepted as face value no matter who believes you ought to be doing them.


What do you have available for you to use.  This includes facilities (both church and congregant owned) community resources (ball fields, parks, beaches, etc), personnel resources (what people have to offer in their expertise and life experience), fiscal resources (amount of money you can spend, and how much you can fundraise (if anything).  These resources are very important.  I’ve seen questionnaires for these resources handed out that hold many ideas of what you can use and what you may be able to use.  Keeping a file of these resources is a great place to start, it may help you brainstorm what you may be able to do when you find yourself in a rut.  It can also help to reach out beyond your ministry group and see what the entire church has to offer as well (as well what you can offer the rest of the church).

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