For youth ministry leaders, it’s hard to acclimate to a new church culture, let alone feel confident making decisions. On today’s episode of the Rethinking Youth Ministry podcast, our guests talk about some of the challenges youth ministry leaders face starting at a new church and how to make the most of the earlier days.
Youth ministry leaders face unique challenges in their first year at a new church. From connecting with students to managing expectations from leadership to getting to know the church’s culture, it can be tough to acclimate, let alone feel confident making decisions. In this episode of Rethinking Youth Ministry, we unpack these challenges and more as we discuss steps youth leaders can take to adapt more quickly and make the most of the earlier days.
- Challenges youth ministry leaders face when starting at a new church (1:04)
- Common pitfalls for new youth ministry leaders (3:50)
- What went well for podcast guests during their first few months at a new church (9:31)
- Unique challenges a new youth pastor may face in his or her first year (13:29)
- The people in your ministry you should win over first (19:28)
- What to do when the former youth pastor is still on staff in a different capacity (27:03)
- Things you need to do immediately and what you need to wait on in your first year of transition (33:30)
- What to do when you need to course correct after making the wrong decisions early on (41:03)
- Podcast guest, Johnathan Baldwin, shares how his recent move to a new church is going (45:48)
QUOTES FROM THIS EPISODE
The more interested you are in a church and its history, the more people will feel like you’re on their team—and vice versa. —Candice Wynn Click To TweetGo out of your way to honor people and their ideas. Relationships are your stewardship. —Tom Shefchunas Click To TweetIf nobody disagrees with you, you're not leading. —Tom Shefchunas Click To TweetThe way something is communicated is just as important as what is communicated. —Sarah Anderson Click To TweetAs a leader, know where you want to go. But also know that you may not be able to take the direct route you intended. —Johnathan Baldwin Click To Tweet
VOICES IN THIS EPISODE
Sarah is a writer and communicator who has been involved in ministry since 2003. In 2007, she joined the XP3 high school team where she now works as a lead writer and content creator. She also a contributing writer to the Parent Cue blog. Sarah lives in Roswell, Georgia, and is a big fan of her husband, her two boys, Asher and Pace, and, in her weaker moments, McDonald’s french fries.
Candice Wynn currently serves as an Orange Students Specialist. After graduating from Florida A&M University and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Candice became an ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Since then, she has served as both a Youth and Next Generation Pastor for over 13 years in the Southeast. Candice is infatuated with all things urban and artsy. As such, she and her husband, Maxim, often spend their weekends creating graffiti art, baking cupcakes with their two children, Mason and Sunni, or sneaking off for a date—when they can find a sitter.
Johnathan Baldwin is the Campus Director for Middle School at the Lawrenceville / Central Campus of 12Stone Church in Georgia. God has developed in him a passion for guiding and empowering leaders to lead students. Johnathan and his wife, Sara, have been doing doing ministry together since they got married in 2008. He loves his family (wife Sara and 3 boys), youth ministry, sports, summertime, great coffee (depending on the situation, not so great coffee works too), his dog, and lately, a good book.
Tom Shefchunas is the Executive Director of Student Strategy at Orange. In this role, he leads the development and strategy for XP3 Middle School and High School curriculum. Previously, Tom was North Point Ministries’ Multi-Campus Director of Transit, their middle school ministry, for 12 years. And before that, he spent 10 years as a high school teacher, coach, and principal. Additionally, he is the co-author of Lead Small with Reggie Joiner. Tom and his wife, Julie, live in Cumming, Georgia, with their three children, Mac, Joey, and Cooper.
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