I've been thinking today that youth ministry is a lot like knitting. I've recently been trying to teach myself, with the help of YouTube, to knit cables. The steps don't look to complicated until you try them and learn that for whatever reason, your fingers just don't bend that way.
So it is with youth ministry. There are so many things that look easy, but are painstakingly difficult. Knitting is easier, because you can start over if you mess up, and there is a pattern!
With youth ministry, once you mess up you rarely get a "do-over" and there is never an agreed upon pattern. One person thinks you should have stars while the other thinks a row of chains would be nice, while still others think "knitting? Crochet is the ONLY way." (sigh)
I'm reading "Sustainable Youth Ministry" by Mark DeVries and it's pretty good, but I'm at a point of feeling overwhelmed. (Probably should have skipped to chapter 12 until I get calm as was suggested.) I find myself like so many of the youth workers mentioned, doing "tasks" not really doing ministry. (double sigh) So much to do, and it's all on you! But thankfully it's not all on me, there are some GREAT volunteers here who are doing wonderful things. Now I just have to get my act together to organize and we will be on the right track. God is good all the time! All the time, God is good!