More Youth MInistry
by Danny C
I've been working at a church as the Youth Pastor for almost 2 years now. Without making any accusations let's just say that this church definitely has a small church mentality, ie. the bosses hand out a lot of futile work as well as engaging in it themselves.
Things have been going pretty well, though. I've managed to (with the help of God) build up a youth group from virtually nothing. It has been a bit of a battle with my bosses to do what needed to be done at times, but I'm happy with how things are going now.
Now my bosses want me to start spending less time in the office and more time "being involved with the youth." OK that sounds all good and fun, but here's the problem: this church specializes in ministering to the very poor and down and out population. Most of these teens have bad living situations with parents that don't really care and rarely if ever come to church.
The hardest part of this is that the teens have no money, and my budget is razor thin. This means that going anywhere requiring money more than 2-3 times a year is not happening. We already have programs for the youth before, during, and after the Sunday service, as well as a new Bible study type program starting on Wednesdays.
So to finally get to my questions (thanks for bearing with me:)
1. How do I plan more events for badly behaved teens with no funding (I've looked into fundraisers and the ones we can afford/the teens would actually do aren't that great?)
2. How do I do visitations with these teens (my bosses insist that I start doing more of this?)
Any advice is good advice because I feel like I'm heading up a creek without a paddle here.
Thanks, a Disgruntled Pastor