Book Club: Sustainable Youth Ministry, pt. 4

How does a youth worker cultivate a sustainable lifestyle? Discussions from Chapters Eight and Nine

The health of the youth worker is a critical piece of a sustainable youth ministry. Devries lays out a strong rationale for healthy youth workers, but fails to bring hope into the equation. Failure is certainly inevitable in life, in ministry. Yet Devries’ encouragement in failure through systems struck me a touch cold. Maybe that’s the point.

Even still, his “rhythmic week” method (page 115) is a very practical way for a youth worker to develop predictable habits in the chaos of the ministry schedule. He emphasizes the importance of a full-day Sabbath and spending time in the Word.

Lastly, the concept of Balcony Time, that is, time away from the office but spent on long term goal development and fulfillment, has real potential for the youth worker. So often, the humdrum of the office stifles the creativity needed to really get after the long-term goals.

Questions for your pondering and responding:
  1. What time management strategies have worked for you? Which have failed you miserably?
  2. What are the advantages/disadvantages of incorporating “Balcony Time” into your weekly schedule?
  3.  How do you create balance in your life? Or if you are struggling, how can we pray for you?

Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

Find more Book Club discussions on Sustainable Youth Ministry:

Sustainable Youth Ministry, pt. 1

Sustainable Youth Ministry, pt. 2

Sustainable Youth Ministry, pt. 3

Sustainable Youth Ministry, pt. 5

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