One Simple Principle That Helped Me Survive Student Ministry

I was a bad fit for student ministry.

I had never intended to go into it. I was more interested in world relief or overseas missions as I went through college. My mind and soul were fed on the work of missionaries like Hudson Taylor, C.T. Studd and Mother Theresa. I saw no purpose in entertaining students or having fun. Even worse, I was a happy introvert, who would much rather work on an essay than be at a party. The demands of Student Ministry seemed polar opposites of who I was as a person and what I felt called to do with my life.

Then everything changed….

3 Youth Ministry Principles Disneyland Taught Me

This week I’m with my family at Disneyland.

We’ve pulled our boys out of school (I know, bad parents) and are having a family holiday. It is great seeing Disneyland through my kids eyes. It’s truly magical for them. Let’s be honest, it’s still magical for me.

When we’re walking through the park, going on rides or watching a show, I can’t help but be impressed with how Disneyland is run. In fact, I can’t help but think of the lessons for youth ministry that I see at Disneyland.

I know that Disney is a multi-billion dollar company. It’s completely unfair to compare them to a youth ministry. However, I do think that I see principles that are transferable. In fact, here are 3 principles Disneyland has taught me for youth ministry.