About my mission to end youth ministry burnout

 by Aaron Helman | @aaronhelman

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 wakeup 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 want to see burnout rates cut in half in my lifetime.

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What will you find at SmarterYM?

I write about the youth worker's most significant frustrations and I want to teach you how to solve problems that are most likely to run you out of a job.

I wrote about money management, effective communication, leading volunteers, and dealing with staff conflict. I've done the research and I know that these are the issues that are most common in cases of ministry burnout.

These are many of the skills that every youth worker needs but that most of us haven't been taught.

At least not yet, anyway.

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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.

I've served primarily in the United Methodist Church, and have been a featured presenter at Indiana UMC training events. Right now I'm serving as the youth minister at Clay Church in South Bend, Indiana.

My posts have been featured on many top youth ministry blogs, including several at Josh Griffin's More than Dodgeball.

I started Smarter Youth Ministry in March 2012 because I saw too many churches who were reeling from the pain they'd experienced when good youth workers burnt out and left.

I'm passionate about helping other youth workers, and my goal is to create the kind of resources that will help YOU do youth ministry forever.

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