In a recent morning reading routine, I ran across this fantastic article “9 Agonizing Business Skills you Need to Grit Your Teeth and Learn” from Corey Eridon at Hubspot Inbound Hub. As I read it, I thought of youth ministry, the field that I primarily work in. Youth ministry requires a caring heart for youth, an ability to generate enthusiasm in youth, and a commitment teaching the Christian faith. But, to succeed in youth work, it takes more than that. Many young leaders think that if they just care for kids, have an upbeat personality, and present God’s truth that those will be enough to have a job in youth ministry. They soon find out differently.
Ministry is ultimately about getting things done and for most youth workers (many who have a “high I” personality) this can be problematic. We can promise the world, but fail to meet deadlines (often due to a long list of reasons and insecurities) and we end up limiting our potential to influence a community.by