For many youth workers, Covid-19 has been a trying time. But it's also been a time for learning, for growth, and for evaluation. For the first time in almost 30 years of ministry, I found myself seriously considering what youth ministry could look like; should look like. It was a time for me to step back, and take a good long look at what I was doing as a youth worker. To consider my goals and how we as a ministry was pursuing them. To evaluate our programing and how we were helping students take their next steps in their faith journey.
Before I get into what I learned, you need to know that I had my up's and downs during this time. I felt the weight of failure. I struggled with the feelings of loss. I was frustrated with not being able to be with students. And at times I was envious of other youth workers/ministries whenever I saw pictures on social media of their youth gatherings. I say all of this, because this last year of ministry has been a tough year. However, throughout the year, I forced myself to see beyond my emotions, frustration, and struggles to look for the things that God was trying to show or teach me in this season.
This new series of blogs comes from what I think God was teaching, or at least, reminding me of when it comes to student ministry. I share this with the hope of encouraging you to look beyond whatever hurdles you might have faced, or are continuing to face as you navigate this season of ministry.
I've decided to break these "lessons" into a series of posts to allow space to share clearly. I'll do my best to keep their short and to the point.
I know I have talked with a number of youth workers, many of whom shared that this season has been a bit of a challenge, forcing them to evaluate, adjust, and grow in new areas. If that's true of you, I'd love to chat with you! I'd love to hear what you've been learning or experiencing. In the meantime, these posts will post one after the other, starting today. There will be at least 6 in total.
I look forward to hearing from you!
- the youth worker daily
Jay Higham is a veteran youth worker of over 28 years; having worked with students in the local church and Christian camping settings. Jay is currently serving as the director of family ministry at a church, located in West Virginia. Jay has been married to Amy for over 23 years. Together, they are raising 5 kids, (4 boys and 1 girl). Jay is an aspiring author, blogger, speaker, vlogger, and social media junkie. He is passionate about student ministry, family ministry, and training youth workers to love and serve their students with passion and excellence.