The Inner Battle: Overcoming the Frustrations of Youth Ministry

I am a fairly upbeat guy for the most part, but I remember a particular Wednesday evening when I came home really bummed out. It was homecoming week at our local high school, so most of our students were at the school dodgeball tournament instead of at youth group. Most of my adult leaders hadn’t shown up either, and my sermon had fallen very flat. After youth group, I went to an elders meeting where there was a sharp disagreement between a couple of our leaders and a less than rosy outlook at our budget situation. Suffice it to say that when I arrived home, I was not in a great frame of mind.
Have you ever had a night like that? Have you ever come home from youth group and just wanted to kick the dog? The good news is that you are not alone! We have all experienced these frustrations in ministry. Discouragement has knocked on all of our doors in varying degrees. As ministers and leaders, it can be difficult to overcome ministry frustrations. We feel called to our ministry, and in many way, it defines who we are. Therefore, when ministry doesn’t go well, it often affects multiple areas of our lives.
We are all fighting an inner battle in our minds, struggling to weigh the positives and negatives in life and ministry. We all experience the mental and spiritual fatigue of ministry from time to time. For this reason, we are going to be exploring the inner battle of the mind through a series of blog posts.
This series will focus on the inner battle Youth Ministers face, particularly the discouragements and struggles that lead to frustration, resentment, bitterness, and ultimately burnout.  This series will include posts about:
  • Apathetic students
  • Difficult parents
  • Staff turmoil
  • Poor Church Leadership
  • Finances
  • Balancing Family and Ministry
  • Spiritual Fatigue

Our hope is that by identifying the discouragements and frustrations that wage war against our hearts and minds, we can also identify ways to overcome them. Ultimately, our hope is to encourage one another and share practical ways we can be victorious and continue to press on in ministry to God’s glory.

Keep pressing on!


  1. I cannot wait to read the following blogs on this issue. Only being an intern by title but interim youth director and this being my official first out of school ministry position I am facing all of these. Thanks!

Leave a Reply

Main Menu