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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

4 Lies about Youth Ministers

I saw this on Josh Griffin's blog, youth pastor at Saddleback in California, and I found it interesting.
1. Youth pastors aren’t real pastors - Some of the most caring an genuine pastors I know dedicate their life to serving youth. We often focus too much on the “youth” part of the title - the audience, where we should perhaps focus on the “pastor” part of the title - our job description.
2. Youth pastors like to push boundaries for no reason- Youth workers are often accused of pushing the edge of what is allowed in church. I’d like to think it is the desire for honesty and relevance that causes that to happen, not a thirst to shock and awe.
3. Youth pastors just play all of the time - Many youth workers have more fun at their jobs and senior pastors envy them. Therefore, senior pastors made up a lie that youth workers just play around a lot to diffuse their own anger about having to deal with adults and have less fun in life.
4. Youth pastors don’t need vacations - With all of the camps, mission trips, retreats and overnighters youth workers do, is it really fair to give them time off as well? Besides, they’re not real pastors and play all day, too. Lie!
I couldn't agree more. I would add one though. Youth Pastors are responsible for the spiritual training of all the kids of the church even though Deut. 6:6-9 says the following to fathers:
These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
Just some things to consider. . .

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