Find mentors, coaches and prayer partners for yourself. Not only do you need a community, you also need people you can call that will be honest with you. You want these people to be those who know you well. They may not necessarily be ministry folks but they can offer wisdom from a wealth of life experience.
This one is going to be a recurring theme throughout this blog and book. Surrounding yourself with others who can support you and speak truth to you is a necessity. Just this week I had a conversation with my coach Mark Oestreicher, founding partner of The Youth Cartel. Marko understands the ups and downs of ministry and life. He’s a great listener, encourager, truth-teller, and accountability holder. He does this because someone else is doing the same for him.
Serving in ministry can be the most rewarding and the most difficult vocation all in the same day.
Having a group of people who can pray for you, listen to you, speak to you and into you will help you see the bigger picture of where God is leading and calling you to be. These people don’t have to serve in ministry to be on this team, they just have to know you and be committed to praying, loving, and pushing you towards what God has planned for you.
There are some great organizations like Ministry Architects and The Youth Cartel who can provide ministry coaching if you desire a more focused experience. Ministry Architects is a highly-skilled team of pastors, teachers, executives, youth workers, children’s pastors, writers and professors. MA is fanatical about success helping your church find clear direction and sustained momentum backed up by properly aligned resources. Ministry Architects has recently partnered with The Youth Cartel’s Youth Ministry Coaching Program.
The Youth Ministry Coaching Program is a year-long whole-life coaching program rooted in leadership development, personal and professional growth, and wholeness. The training sessions are filled with rich discussions, youth ministry and leadership training, customized problem solving, personal sharing, one-on-one coaching, spiritual direction, and other components. I was a part of the 2013 Nashville YMCP Cohort. Here’s a pic of my clan:
We continue to talk with and learn from each other even though our last cohort retreat was quite some time ago.
So build your tribe. Seek out others to share life with, coffee with, tears with, joy with, fun with, and most importantly prayer.