If you’re in youth ministry, you know that creating boundaries that keep you sane can be a challenge. There’s always a text that needs to be answered, an email that needs a response, or a meeting that needs to happen. So what does it look like to set healthy boundaries to help balance your personal life and ministry? This week, join ministry leaders for a conversation about the importance of setting boundaries and for some practical ways you can begin implementing boundaries right now.


Sometimes we leverage the purpose of ministry unethically. (3:00)

If you’re not careful, it can be dangerous when your personal faith and your profession are connected. (8:15)

Sometimes, the church takes advantage of single youth workers’ personal boundaries. (10:30)

Ask: Did you take care of yourself this week? (11:00)

We as the church are running some of our most talented leaders into the ground because they are being overworked and underutilized. (12:00)

When you have a job that’s so full of purpose, it’s the people closest to you that end up paying for your overwork. (14:00)

Turn off notifications to help you be more present. (22:30)

Pay attention to both your calendar and your clock. (25:00)

Sometimes in ministry we forget that we have our own hurts to turn over to God. (27:00)

There is a difference between doing work for God and being with God. (27:30)

Every time you answer a phone call or respond to a text, you are teaching people when it’s okay to call you. (28:00)

Setting boundaries means saying no to things. (29:00)

Schedule white space on your calendar. (35:00)

Find a way to communicate to your leadership what you’re doing every day. (43:30)

Communicate your highs and lows from the previous week, what you’re working on every day, and what’s on your schedule for the upcoming week. (44:00)


Book: Boundaries by Henry Cloud and John Townsend

Book: Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

Book: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero

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