12 Things I’ve Learned In Youth & Young-Adults Ministry:
- Your biggest strength is the personalized time you give each individual.
- You can’t meet everyone’s needs, but you can meet them for lunch or coffee.
- The quality of your preaching isn’t as important as the way you present yourself on a daily basis.
- Your biggest measure of success is the daily transformation you see in each individual.
- Honesty and transparency are key in gaining someone’s trust.
- You can’t fake it. They’ll call your bluff.
- Don’t expect anyone to do anything you haven’t or won’t do yourself.
- A pizza party will never mean more than a personalized letter or phone call.
- The second you stop learning is the second you should probably stop leading.
- Being relevant does not meaning watering down The Gospel.
- They don’t need someone to tell them how to do life. They need someone willing to do life with them.
- You will never be perfect. So don’t expect them to be either.
I still have much to learn, and I pray that God will continue opening doors for me. But as for the last five years, these are the twelve things that I have realized the most.