By Stephanie Caro
Serving as a youth worker in a smaller church can be one of the most difficult assignments, but the rewards are undeniably satisfying.
You don't have as many youth ministry resources, but you know every student's name. Your attendance drops every time that one family takes a vacation, but your smaller size gives you the flexibility to quickly and creatively adapt. You have a smaller pool of people for recruiting volunteers, but the entire church can fully adopt the youth group as its own and engage in life-shaping ministry with your teenagers.
Veteran youth worker Stephanie Caro, who understands both the challenges and blessings of working in a smaller youth ministry, cleverly unpacks her insights and ideas in youth ministry leadership training book 99 Thoughts for Smaller Church Youth Workers
. Your heart for teenagers will grow as you read Stephanie's wisdom on youth ministry in smaller churches.
Major themes in the book include:
Appreciating the advantages of serving in a small church youth ministry
Finding youth leadership training, and keeping quality volunteers
Making parents your partners in ministry
Handling your congregation's unique challenges
Coping with the oddities of a smaller youth group
Doing more ministry with less money
Stephanie also delivers practical suggestions and resources for youth ministry programming, affirming your students and leaders, and tapping into creative, beneficial youth leader resources.
Celebrate the wonderful journey of ministry in the smaller congregation with 99 Thoughts for Smaller Church Youth Workers
, and become a more passionate youth worker who's deeply committed to helping guide teenagers toward a Jesus-centered life!