Youth Ministry Resolutions

New Years

 

 

The calendar has rolled over once again and it is time to make those annual New Year’s resolutions. It is important to consider what resolutions or goals we will set for our youth ministries this coming year.  The new year is a great time to reflect on how the school year is progressing and make any adjustments you might need to your programming or your teaching. It is also a great opportunity to begin planning for the next school year or to finally find time to clean out that youth ministry closet or your office – once I found a bag of fries in my office that was at least 6 years old, although I also found $400 in cash from the previous youth worker. Cleaning is not a resolution I make very often, although apparently I should as my wife thinks a 6 year old bag of fries is utterly disgusting and unacceptable. What Youth Ministry Resolutions are you making? Why are you making them? After reflecting I have settled on a few Youth Ministry Resolutions.

 

  1. Focus more on Relationships: Youth ministry is all about building relationships. Like most youth workers, I feel strapped and pressed for time but I always want try to build stronger relationships with students. This year I am going to send birthday cards to all the kids that are connected to the ministry.
  2. Continue to Read Scripture:  In May I graduated from Palmer Theological Seminary; one of the best things about attending seminary is you are taught to read scripture in the original languages. My goal for 2014 is to continue to foster and develop this skill. Teenagers deserve skilled pastoral leadership and they also deserve to be inspired to stretch and grow.
  3. Explore my pastoral identity:  In May, I was ordained in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.. I never intended to get ordained (most pastors are boring) and I really never intended to go to Seminary however several years ago I realized that if I wanted to be taken seriously in my denomination I would need to get ordained. It was a fascinating experience getting ordained and I observed two major things: the ordination did not change me – obviously the training and the reflection has changed me but the ordination itself felt like a natural extension of what I had been doing for past decade. But what clearly has changed is the way people perceive me; suddenly my opinion is taken a little more seriously. I am not sure if this because of the ordination or because people think I will stay in one location longer? But the goal for 2014 is to explore what it means for me to be a pastor.
  4. Continue to not clean my office.

 

I would love to hear your 2014 resolutions or goals.

 

Image courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons / (c) Tim RT

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