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About my mission to end youth ministry burnout


In 2011, a friend of mine burnt out of youth ministry.

He left his church without warning and a few weeks later took a job at a bookstore.

Within a month, his ministry of sixty students dwindled to less than a dozen.

In the last year, he hasn't set foot in a church building.

That was my wake-up call.

Youth worker burnout is a real problem for youth workers and it's legitimately destroying our churches.

I started Smarter Youth Ministry because I was tired of watching my friends and colleagues suffer and then leave a pile of wreckage behind.

In fact, it's my stated mission to see youth ministry burnout rates cut in half during my lifetime. I'd love it if you would join me.

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What will you find at SmarterYM?

I write about the most significant frustrations that you'll fight against in your ministry; stuff like finding the right volunteers, managing your budget, communicating with families, and being productive with your time.

Want to know why?

It's because I've done the research and I know that these are the issues that are most common in cases of ministry burnout.

As a youth worker, you're going to need to be a financial planner, a people manager, a communication wizard, and an inspirational leader.

The problem is that those aren't the skills that most of us have been trained in...

...at least not yet, anyway.

That's where I come in.

About Aaron Helman

I'm Aaron Helman, and I'm a career youth minister with a business degree from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business.

Because of my unique background, those non-ministry projects have always happened pretty easily for me. Budgeting, managing, communicating; those are all the things that I've been trained to do.

Then it occurred to me; maybe I should be teaching this stuff to other people. In the last three years, Smarter Youth Ministry has helped youth workers to save thousands of dollars, countless hours, and to eliminate their worst frustrations.

My posts have been featured on youth ministry blogs and websites all over the internet.

(But aside from all of that, you are most likely to know me of the creator of DYM's Lamentation or Taylor Swift Lyric?)

Listen, if you're ready to take steps to burnout-proof your ministry, eliminate frustrations, and have more energy left over for your students...

...then you've come to the right place.

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