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
the
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, July 23, 2018

Top 10: Basic Youth Ministry Survival Tips


10. Never Fall Asleep During a Lock-In/Overnight Event. (do you like your eyebrows?)

9. 
 Eat A Healthy Breakfast Every Morning. (skittles and a 24 oz Monster does not count)

8. If Attacked by a Group of Upset Middle School Girl, Curl Up on the Ground and Play Dead.  (If you can’t react fast enough just throw out Starbucks cards and Kale Chips and RUN) 


7. Have a Daily Devotional Time. (NOT the student devotional you give out to your group, an adult, “growed up” one! )

6. Get Organized, Plan Regular Office Hours, and Shut off Your Phone Sometimes. (seriously put it down right now if you are reading this on your I-Phone in bed, instead of sleeping!)

5. If You Are On a Mission Trip in an Urban Setting Don’t Try to be a Gangster. (unless of course you are, then roll on player..)

4. Have a Regular Date Night! (If you are single...this still may apply!)

3. Exercise Regularly and Often. (walking to the main office once a day to check your mail is not a work out...unless you work at some huge mega-church, then good job!) 

2. Find a Mentor or An Accountability Partner (not your MOM! ...Actually it may be time to move out, especially now that you just turned 30 and your married?)

1. In Order to Survive in Youth Ministry For the Long Haul... Listen to the Parents of Your Ministry, 
Their Concerns and Their Heart for Their Children.   

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