Leading a group can feel intimidating. Planning, knowing your group, and sticking with main ideas will make you more comfortable as you lead.
If you're not excited about your church, nobody else will be either. A positive attitude is infectious.
How this impacts working in a church setting on the vestry and other various committees as well is something to keep in mind when calling individuals into new ministry as well as keeping those involved committed.
Xers, brought up in a commercial-saturated culture where everyone is selling something will always be asking, "What's the hidden agenda? What's in it for the one telling me this? What is this really about?"
A Church School Teacher is a person who rocks our babies while we attend worship; who is willing to sleep in a sleeping bag on the church dining room floor with 30 teenagers in the confirmation class.
Many churches have vision statements. Many have mission statements. What's the difference? Does a church need both? Is one better than the other? It all depends on what you're trying to accomplish, as well as what you're trying to communicate with others - in your congregation and beyond.
Lay Ministry as a church professional is every bit as much a call to ministry as that of an ordained person. Often the two are in concert. Often they are not.
A leader can be anyone on the team who has a particular talent, who is creatively thinking out of the box and has a great idea, who has experience in a certain aspect of the business or project that can prove useful to the manager and the team. A leader leads based on strengths, not titles.
Does your back ache, your head pound, are your shoulders knotted? Does your stomach hurt, is your digestion out of whack? How's your blood pressure, your cholesterol, your heart rate? Do you get colds often, catch every little "bug" that's going around? Do you find yourself irritated, depressed and agitated more often than you would care to admit?
Inevitably, the call comes. "Do you have someone, fresh out of college, who could do our youth ministry for us? We can pay for seven hours a week. We'd prefer a male (so we can attract boys to our group), and if he plays the guitar that would be even better."
Matthew 16:17-19 has been one of the most vigorously discussed passages of the New Testament, especially during the last few centuries as it became the central text for the claim of the papacy to primacy over the Church.
Discussion among adults can be a pooling of ignorance or a highly satisfying swapping of insights. When scripture is involved, it makes sense to do all we can to create a group that encourages the latter.
Rules of thumb to create a solid youth ministry program in your congregations.