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In about 10 days, I’ll be heading out west to Louisville, KY for the 2012 Simply Youth Ministry Conference. As mentioned a few days ago, I’m really looking forward to this experience (that’s why I’m writing about it again). I’m going to reconnect with people I’ve known over the years, others I’ve met recently via Twitter. I’m bringing some of my team and a local youth worker who has never been. I can’t wait to show them the large network of youth ministry that’s looking to pour into them and build them up.
- Supporting Our Families Financially
- Confessing Our Sins Publicly
- Overcoming Our Fears Of Failure
- Admitting We Don’t Know
- And The List Goes On…
- So, if you are new to ministry take some time to reach out to the veterans in your area. Places to meet other youth workers are at conferences, interdenominational gatherings or just plain old Googling. While you need a mentor to pour into you, you can also bring a fresh perspective that can challenge a veteran to grow.
- And, if you are a veteran, reach out to the church down the road, take the new guy out and just listen to their story. It’s not about duplicating your ministry, but pouring out the blessings God has poured into you over the years. It’s about empowering and making sure that the new person doesn’t feel alone.