Here it is. The biggest secret of all secrets in youth ministry. Actually, it’s not a secret at all, or at least it shouldn’t be. And notice that I didn’t say this was the “key to a large youth ministry” or the “key to a cool youth ministry.” This is the key to HEALTH in youth ministry: A SPIRITUALLY HEALTHY STUDENT PASTOR. That’s it. That’s the secret.
Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Proverbs 4:23
I’ve found that when I’m spiritually healthy (In God’s word daily… and not just for message prep, praying consistently, giving and serving, etc…) I can’t help but lead my ministry into spiritual health. But when I am spiritually dry, not only do I suffer, but my youth ministry suffers too. I call this the “I” before “IT” principle. If “I” am healthy… “IT” will be healthy. If “I” am NOT healthy… “IT” can NEVER be healthy. Healthy things reproduce Healthy things. We need to learn to guard our hearts and go after our own spiritual health first. That is the key to health in youth ministry.