I've begun blogging regularly for Canadian Youth Worker (which you should totally add to your regular blog reading list!), and wrote a post on the greatest disqualifier in youth ministry--lack of preparation:
I was recently talking with a friend about the various struggles we face in youth ministry, and the following statement came tumbling out of my mouth:
"The greatest disqualifier for legitimacy in youth ministry is a lack of preparation."
I said it as a passing comment, but it stuck in my mind.
Organizationally, many in youth ministry have the reputation of "winging it." Through making last minute requests, turning in forms and request past deadlines, and having poor budgeting and calendaring skills, a person with a great heart for people loses traction due to slapdash methodologies.
Emotionally and relationally, a number of leaders in youth ministry burn out due to lack of healthy boundaries, inability to deal with criticism, or the drain of carrying others' burdens on their own shoulders. They weren't prepared to handle the emotional weight of ministry, and buckled under the load. Perhaps they weren't prepared with healthy boundaries, and fell into sexual sin and temptation.
Spiritually, we too often become branches disconnected from the vine of Christ, trying our best to be spiritual leaders without finding regular rest and rejuvenation in the One who gives us abundant life.
I wonder if our tribe's lack of preparation is connected to an inadequate vision of one's duty.
You can read the entire post here.
What do you think about my statement? Agree or disagree, and why?