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Finding Motivation in Tough Seasons


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Finding Motivation in Tough Seasons

Jared Kirkwood

There are seasons in ministry. Fall brings new students and fresh energy. Christmas is a special time of its own. January can bring new volunteers and a chance to train your leaders. Summer is casual, relational, and typically involves camp. But Spring, oh Spring. Endless small groups, no rest, even students are dying for school to finish and that mentality usually carries into their dedication within the ministry.

How are we supposed to stay motivated while in a slump season?

It begins by remembering how God is constantly transforming student’s lives. He is moving, shaping, and influencing the world around us through our students. To motivate my team this season, I find the powerful stories of God’s impact and tell them to my team in a way that inspires.

Find the right stories. A key indicator in a great story is the ability to pinpoint to transformative work that God is doing in a student’s life. These can look like a recent discovery of purpose and how that aligns with God’s kingdom, a redemptive story of forgiveness between a student and their friend or even a parent, or one of a student’s faithful grip to God during a time of crisis.

Find the right audience. Seek out people who need to hear of the powerful works God is doing in your ministry. These can be other volunteers, parents, your senior pastor, or even your youth ministry if the students is willing. 

Tell the story in a way that inspires. Stories can lose impact if told without emotive words, confused with unnecessary details, or if the story isn’t actually about Got at all. Ask yourself, what amazes me about God in this story? If you aren’t inspired, no one else will be either.

While the Spring can be a challenging season, motivate your team by constantly reminding people that God is on the move in your midst. Find words to convey God’s transformative power in the every day lives of your students. And when you share those stories, you just might find that even you are more motivated in a difficult season than you once thought.