///Deceived About Youth Ministry

Deceived About Youth Ministry

A kid 29 days into youth ministry named Destin came up with a great question today. He said, “I think I was tricked into “youth” ministry – I got into it because I love students but I keep hearing so much about volunteers and my team, it seems like my ministry is really to them.”

And I think he hit the nail right on the head. I saw a dramatic shift in my ministry about 5 years in – I couldn’t do it alone and I couldn’t be everything to everyone. I had to work on building a core group of leaders and invest in them so they could minister to students. Every moment I spend investing in a volunteer or a member of my team is time invested into students, just not directly.

Youth ministry in the new paradigm is not about a youth worker and 30 kids he or she barely knows. It is about a youth worker investing in 10 leaders who knows 3 kids deeply. That is the ministry of the “youth” leader – sorry if you were deceived into thinking it was something else.

JG

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Josh Griffin is one of the leading voices in youth ministry with over 20 years experience in the trenches, most recently as the High School Pastor at Saddleback Church. He’s the co-founder of DownloadYouthMinistry.com and been in 300+ episodes of the DYM Podcast with Doug Fields. He’s created more than 50 youth ministry resources and authored several books including 99 Thoughts for Small Group Leaders. Josh and his wife Angela have 4 kids, which now includes 2 teenagers of their own! Contact Josh | Speaking Requests

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