///2 Ways To Guarantee Success in Youth Ministry

2 Ways To Guarantee Success in Youth Ministry

I like guarantees. I’ve got nothing to lose! And a guarantee of success? Total win. When I reflect on 20+ years of youth ministry experience and counting I think I can pinpoint two areas in which all success in any ministry points to. And crazy enough, they’re found in the Bible too!

In every event, in every conversation, every camp, every sermon, in every service we can look at the two greatest commandments that we find in Mark 12. Ready for them?

Love God. Love others. Any ministry success we will ever have will come back to these two things. Here’s what we need to do: 

If we are trying to help student love God themselves, loving God better be something we as youth workers should be doing in our own lives. We know that we do not have the power to change anybody. Only the Lord has this power. You are only as effective in ministry as you are allowing God to continually transform your life. When we are leading by example in our quiet times, our prayer time, our worship, and life styles by making it a daily effort to love our God… it shows. When we are in touch with God, it shows up in our ministry, in our relationships, and in our conversations with students across the board. When we are loving God, and teaching students how to love God, ministry is a success. 

Events are great. Services are always fun. Camps are incredible. But relationships rule all. In everything we do the goal should be relationships. This is how teenagers, volunteers, and co-workers know that God is working through you and it’s by how you love and interact with them. An event might be great, but 99% of the time a student will come back because of a loving conversation with a staff member or volunteer. Loving is contagious. When we are loving on our volunteers and students, they naturally will go out and repeat the process to those around them. Our ministry wants to be known for loving others well.

That’s it! That’s how you succeed in ministry. Success doesn’t mean a huge burst in attendance or even changed lives. Success is being faithful to the callings on Jesus to love God and love others. Focus on those two things and success is guaranteed!


By |2014-10-21T07:10:00+00:00October 21st, 2014|Uncategorized|1 Comment

About the Author:

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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  1. grace ayaa May 29, 2018 at 2:57 am - Reply

    thank you so much for that information, it has made a lot of meaning to my life when i read it

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