Prayer and daily alone time with the Father are the only hope you have to survive and thrive beyond the beginner stage (three years) of Student Ministry. And when you make it to that milestone, you will realize that prayer, daily alone time and volunteer leadership are the only way you will survive beyond the veteran status of five years. Becoming an equipper of the saints for the work of the ministry is the only hope you have in passing the seven year (considered exceptional tenure) mark in student ministry. Every young youth minister dreams of making a huge impact and seeing loads of students coming to know Christ as savior. The best gift you can give yourself is alone time with the Father, time in the word, and commitment to developing volunteer leadership.
“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” (Eph. 4:11-16)