Burnout is a common problem among youth leaders. It is important that you take time to look after your own spiritual health. Here are some resources that might be useful.
3-Minute Retreat/Loyola Press
A Roman Catholic resource that offers daily devotionals on scripture.
Christianity Today (CT) is regarded worldwide as the leading evangelical publication for news and opinion. Trusted for its thoughtful and civil presentation of ideas and analysis, CT now reaches over five million Christian leaders monthly through its printed pages, ChristianityToday.com, and a wide array of other print and digital resources that further engage, encourage, and equip the church worldwide.
Our Daily Bread
A non-denominational, non-profit organization resource that helps people grow in their relationship with God through daily devotionals.
Presbycan Daily Devotional
Start your day with God - the Presbyterian Daily Devotional website (and Facebook page) is an interactive website that provides a daily meditation and encourages readers to email comments, questions or appreciation directly to the authors. Also on the site are prayer lines for personal prayer requests, and a search engine that allows you to search devotions for specific topics or scripture texts.
These Days, published by the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation (US), features meditations and devotions written by clergy and lay leaders. Each quarterly issue features devotions, poems, prayers and songs pertinent to the issue's theme, suggestions for using the devotions, and space for creating individual prayer lists.
You can only pass on what you know about God, Jesus, the Bible, and Christianity. That's why it's important for you to take the time to deepen your own understanding.
Here are a few suggestions:
- Bible Study. Read and study the Bible but try to get involved in a Bible study group so you get a range of views and interpretations.
- Take Courses. Many denominations, colleges and universities offer special courses for lay people. Some are online webinars. Check with your minister about what is being offered.
- Use Online Bible Studies. Google to find online Bible studies on specific books or topics. These are not as useful as group studies or courses where you get a variety of interpretations and a chance to interact with the material, but they are useful.Check with your minister to see what they recommend.
- Read. Ask.. Many good books are available. Get some recommendations from your minister. If you have a question - ask.
Above all - Pray - ask God for guidance. You might just be surprised at what you discover!