Kudos to all that consider themselves youth workers (including parents!!)

After 14 years in youth ministry with my husband, I can say I have a little familiarity with teens, young adults and their leaders. I have also considered lately why youth pastor positions are only filled on an average for about 6 months or less. This will be short and…sweet to some.

So, who is this blog for exactly? Anyone who cares.

Dear Youth Pastor,

YOU are not responsible for every teen and young adults problems, especially within the “Christian” homes. However, you may have a huge amount of pressure resting on your shoulders to make a difference. Some pressure may be self-induced and some from the parents that didn’t do their part in raising their children properly. Ouch… You must remind yourself to continue hiding God’s word in your heart, to continue spending quality time with Him and to remember that you are making a difference, if only with one.

Dear Parent,
It is not the church’s responsibility to raise your children, nor the youth pastor. They are also fallible and yet still used by God, much like you, whether you decided to arise to that challenge or not. I am in no way saying that your young adult that wants nothing to do with Christianity is a direct result of you. They are a person of free will and decision-making, BUT your choices surely had something to do with their turnout. If you’re a parent of a teen, make a decision today to handle things differently.

REMINDER: Youth pastors are usually in a position of low pay (or no pay), long hours, less praise and lots of criticism. They, also, are trying to raise their own young families and make the right decisions for them.

Would you like to see a youth pastor position filled in your church or a youth pastor stay longer than 4-6 months? Give them a helping hand, tell them thank you, come in and talk with the youth pastor along with your teen instead of alone. Stop expecting him or her to “fix” your problem.

This situation will not go away since over half of the world’s population is under the age of 21. Anyone who cares should pick a part to play.


~ by unisonharvest on June 29, 2010.

One Response to “Kudos to all that consider themselves youth workers (including parents!!)”

  1. Amen.

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