///Don’t Do It Alone

Don’t Do It Alone

If you died tomorrow… would someone continue your work?

Josh posted an intriguing blog last week noting the mot popular blogs of 2015. I was excited to see a specific post from Justin Knowles in the mix, a post titled, “It’s Okay for Youth Pastors to Not Hang Out with Students.” Don’t let the title mislead you; the article isn’t against connecting with young people. The article is simply imploring us… don’t do this alone!

It’s simple math for youth workers. We can spend 20 hours a week hanging out with kids (and another 40 doing all that other stuff we have to do just to keep afloat)… or… we can take that same 20 hours and spend just 10 hours a week hanging out with kids, and devote that other 10 hours to recruiting and developing a team of volunteers who will each hang out with kids 5 hours a week.

Get out your pencils and add it up.

On one half of the paper write “20 hours with kids weekly.”

On the other half write this:

  • my 10 hours with kids
  • plus 10 people each spending 5 hours with kids

Use a calculator if you must… it’s 60 hours with kids weekly.

The sad fact is, most youth workers I meet don’t spend any time weekly investing in recruiting and keeping their volunteer team. Just ask yourself: what are you doing this week to invest in duplicating yourself?

Who’s gonna continue your work?

If you’re Paul… who is your Timothy?

JONATHAN McKEE is the author of over a dozen books, including the brand new book, The Skinny on Volunteers, and has created heaps of great resources in the DYM store including the new game, Instant Instagram.

By |2016-10-13T13:52:28+00:00January 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|1 Comment

About the Author:

JONATHAN McKEE is the author of over twenty books including the brand new 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; Sex Matters; The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket; and the 10-Minute Talks series. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan and his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.

One Comment

  1. Ryan Strong March 27, 2017 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    Hello Jonathan,

    I am having a little bit of a problem at my church because of the Child protection policy that is in place.

    C. Two Adult Rule
    It is our goal that a minimum of two unrelated adult
    workers will be in attendance at all times when
    children/students are being supervised during our
    programs and activities. Some activities/events for
    children (ages 0 thru 6th grade) may have only one
    adult primary worker in attendance, accompanied by
    a teen worker, during the on campus activity/event.
    Activities/events for students (ages 7th thru 12th
    grade) should have two unrelated adult workers, one
    of which will be a primary worker.

    I am a very relational Pastor and I am having a problem, because this policy takes away the ability of taking a student out to lunch or to get a Starbucks. I feel very strongly about empowering my volunteers and getting them to hang out with students, but this policy makes it difficult. What are your thoughts. Can you please email me.

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