The Ministry: It’s More Than Eating Chocolate And Crying Over Your Failures.

The top 5 things I learned this summer, while interning for the youth ministry of my church…

1) You have to say something, at least 5 times, for the average high schooler to hear you.

For one event, I had high school and college students helping set the event up. I fed them dinner and told them when they finished to head to the lobby. I asked this at least 4 times.

Finally, one of the college students got irritated and says, “We get it, when I finish eating, I’ll go to the lobby.”

I responded with, “I have to say it several times or they won’t hear me.”

As I finish this statement, one of the high schoolers looks up at me, all confused, and asked, “What did you just say we were supposed to do?”

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2) Social Media advertisement is harder than it looks. 

There might have been one time this summer when I forgot to let everyone know that we were cancelling youth group for the week [insert sigh]. It happens to the best of us.

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3) Students will do whatever you ask of them. 

I was in charge of our student leadership team this summer. I took them on a few retreats. I’d never really done this before, but I did some research and found this team building game where the whole team had to get over a rope.

So I set this game up with the rope about 5.5 feet up off the ground. They told me there was no way they could do it. I said, “Do it anyways.”

And one head injury later, they did.

Thankfully, everyone survived, but I did earn the nickname “Satan”.

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4) Ministry is a full time job. As in, some kids don’t know the meaning of 4:00 am being too late to send me a text message. 

This happened too many times to count.

I learned quickly to leave my phone in a silent mode. Most emergencies can wait till the morning ;).

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5) FLEXIBILITY. 

Learning to be flexible in recognizing that your events either go great, horribly, or don’t happen at all.

The last event I put on, I decided to put exactly no effort whatsoever. Someone asked me for help and my response was, “No. I’m putting nothing into this. I didn’t even advertise this, I will be shocked if more than 8 people show up.”

That’s when the entire church showed up for the event + all their friends.

One of the leaders came up and said, “I thought you said no one was going to show up?”

“Yeah. That was the plan.”

I look back and laugh because that was one of the most successful events that happened. Everyone showed up, games were played, people laughed, people ate, and it was a ton of fun.

And so I learned that even if you don’t plan the event, God already has. I think He loves when a community who loves Him comes together and enjoys the life He has blessed us with through laughter and friendship.

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Overall, this summer was incredibly busy. It was a good and refreshing kind of busy. Ministry is hard, long, and tiring, but one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had. I got to love God deeper, and love the people He surrounded me with this summer.

What could be more special than that?

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One Reply to “The Ministry: It’s More Than Eating Chocolate And Crying Over Your Failures.”

  1. You did an amazing job, it was beyond busy. There should be a better word than busy. Thank you for giving up so much of your time. I pray the Lord give it back to you this school year ten fold.

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