Have you ever found yourself wanting to quit youth ministry? Or, maybe, have you ever wondered what you can do to NOT quit? If you've ever been there before, today's episode of Rethinking Youth Ministry is for you. Join ministry leaders as they discuss the reasons many youth pastors feel the need to quit, what you can do to not quit, and what to do when it's time to move on.
Why are youth pastors asking the question, “How do I not quit?” (2:30)
Sometimes we don’t see spiritual growth because it’s spiritual. (5:30)
What happens when the results you’re wanting don’t line up with what your leadership is wanting? (7:00)
Leaving what you love is harder than leaving what you don’t love, and it requires more faith. (13:00)
If you don’t feel done, you need to stay. (14:30)
The prize for solving a problem is a new problem. (17:30)
Evaluate the situation. Identify what’s causing you to ask the question,“How do I not quit?” (18:30)
Sometimes you need to quit things in order to not quit the thing you really want to be doing. (19:00)
Just because you are leaving a job does not mean that you are leaving the ministry. (19:30)
You need a safe person who is outside of your church to talk to. (21:00)
If you’re overwhelmed because of your calendar, then stop doing something. (24:00)
Find things that give you life, and then do those things. (25:30)
Hand off the things that drain you in your job. (26:00)
You are called to something, but it’s not your job title. (31:00)
You can only care about so many things in life, so choose them wisely. (32:00)
Figure out what you really want to do, and then do that. (34:30)
QUOTES FROM THIS EPISODE
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VOICES IN THIS EPISODE
CJ is the Managing Editor for XP3 High School and Social Media Strategist for XP3’s blog and social media platforms. CJ has been leading small groups for middle school and high school students at North Point Community Church for the past 10 years. He also placed 5th in his 8th grade class fun run. CJ and his wife, Teri, live in Alpharetta, GA.
Louie has worked in 5 different churches of all shapes and sizes over the last 18 years, including the last 6 at North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, GA. He now serves as the Student Ministry Consultant for North Point Partner churches around the country. Louie loves to help ministry leaders think through what they are doing and help them to connect and learn from each other as well. He lives in Cumming, GA with his wife, Lindsay, and his two boys, Levi and Luke.
Tom Shefchunas is the Executive Director of Student Strategy at Orange. In this role, he leads the development and strategy for XP3 Middle School and High School curriculum. Previously, Tom was North Point Ministries’ Multi-Campus Director of Transit, their middle school ministry, for 12 years. And before that, he spent 10 years as a high school teacher, coach, and principal. Additionally, he is the co-author of Lead Small with Reggie Joiner. Tom and his wife, Julie, live in Cumming, Georgia, with their three children, Mac, Joey, and Cooper.
Ashley Bohinc serves as the Director of Middle School Strategy at Orange, co-host of The Think Orange Podcast, and co-author of The Art of Group Talk. She’s worked with students in public education, athletic, and ministry settings since 2005. Ashley is most passionate about resourcing the local church, communicating onstage, developing leaders, working with students, and engaging in world missions. Additionally, she’s the USA Director of Carry 117. In her downtime, you’ll find her watching Friends, cheering on the Cleveland Cavaliers, traveling, reading, or on one of her Fairytale Friday Adventures.
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