The Middle Years Ministry

Formerly "The JH Uth Guy", THE MIDDLE YEARS MINISTRY is a Site Dedicated to Providing Resources, Ideas, and Help to Pastors, Leader, Directors, Teachers, Mentors and Anyone Else Working in
Pivotal and Important 5th-9th Grade Years. The “Middle Years” are not children’s ministry, not high school ministry, and are more than just Middle School/Jr. High. It is a unique and specialized ministry, where the final lifelong faith decision are made.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Top 10: Youth Ministry JOB vs. Youth Ministry CALLING!?

About a year ago I left a youth ministry JOB to continue to follow my youth ministry CALLING! 

I was at a highly professional church in a highly professional metro area.  The position I was in and even the approach to ministry in that church setting was a “JOB”.   Even in my transition, it was disconnected, cold professionalism.   

I came to a church and a family of God that was “All In” for God with a focus on helping people “Take Their Next Steps”.  Not just the members of the church but the staff as well.   As I continue to step back and consider the two places and approaches, I realize I am not alone.  There are others in youth ministry that are also at either one of two settings. I continue to hear and see the difference between JOB and CALLING... 

10. Job Descriptions vs. Meeting Kids' Spiritual Needs

9. Performance Objectives vs. Prayer  

8. Missions Statement vs. Missional Living

7. Evaluation Forms vs. Changed Hearts

6. Personality Tests vs. Spiritual Gifts Assessment

5. Attendance Numbers vs. Number of Kids Accepting Christ & Being Baptized. 

4. Office Hours vs. Time at School Lunches, Games, and Hanging Out

3. Working for an Organization vs. Serving the Body of Christ

2. Feeling Pressure vs. Feeling Passion

1. Success & Results vs. Failures & Spiritual Maturity. 

* Job builds a Program, Calling Leads a Ministry
(Check out the recent post for Youth Specialties) 

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