A few years ago I wrote this post on my old blog, and I was thinking about it this afternoon for some reason, so I decided to reshare it. It’s a bit humbling to go back through some of these and consider how they hold up in my ministry years later, in a different context.
Having a list of non-negotiables for your ministry is something I believe to be of great value for your Leadership. I’d encourage you to write out your own list. Here is mine from a few years ago, maybe I’ll add some new ones sometime soon.
1 |I refuse to seriously wear a goatee for more than an hour. It was the Youth Ministry staple years ago, but I refuse.
2 |I refuse to let my ministry to students destroy my ministry to my family, even when my family just consists of my Wife, I refuse.
3 |I refuse to be content running a ministry that only affects kids on the days of youth group.
4 |I refuse to minister to only church members, in fact, most of the youth budget will be going into kids who are not church members. You can fight me to death over this, but I refuse.
5 |I refuse to allow a kid to talk bad about our church. Even if I agree, Even if I have my own problems with things, I refuse.
6 |I refuse to be told how to do youth ministry by someone who has never been to a youth group. I will gladly take your advice on how to best reach your children, I would love to sit down and talk about that, but I refuse to let a parent dictate the way we do ministry to everyone.
7 |I refuse to let kids leave youth group bored.
8 |I refuse to let kids see so much entertainment that they miss the purpose.
9 |I refuse to ever be content with where our group is at.
10 |I refuse to ever be content where I am at, and where our leaders are at.
What would you add to this list? What are things you are passionate about in Youth Ministry that are Non-Negotiable to the way you minister to Teens?