In the following pages I will chronicle my step by step journey as a Church Planter
Nine Never’s of Youth Ministry

To be successful sometimes you just need to know what NOT to do.
Here are nine never’s of Youth Ministry.

Never yell at one of your students.
Raising your voice is a sign of lack of control. You are the one in charge, look them in the eye, speak to them firmly but never yell at them.

Never physically grab or shove them.
Can you spell L.A.W.S.U.I.T.? That is what you will have if you grab them.

Never use slang words around them.
Shoot – Dang – Darn – can easily be misunderstood or cuss words. Don’t use them around your teenagers.

Never be alone with the opposite sex.
Say this out loud as you read it – “IT IS NOT WORTH IT” – never be alone in the car, in the hallway, in a room with a teenager of the opposite sex, I don’t care the reason why … IT IS NOT WORTH IT.

Never expect them to obey a rule you have not explained to them.
What are your rules? If they don’t know them, they cannot obey them.

Never make a promise you cannot keep.
Don’t be a people pleaser – let your yes be yes and your no be no – if you can’t do it – don’t say you will.

Never expect them to get into your world until you have gotten into theirs.
Jesus came to our world so that we would want to come to HIS. I think we should do the same with the people we want to reach.

Never think of a students parent as the problem.
The only reason you have the ability to be in this teenagers life is because their parent is allowing you to. Parents are not the problem they are part of the solution.

Never preach to them until you have prayed for them.
There are four P’s in Preaching. Plan – Prepare – Pray – Present. Never forget to pray.

Those are some things to NEVER do in student ministry