I was talking to a very frustrated single youth worker a couple weeks ago - he was rejected from several positions in youth ministry simply because he was single. I can understand why churches maybe choose this route, but it got me wondering just how open churches are to hiring a youth pastor who is single. So vote in today's poll and let's get a picture of the youth ministry landscape out there for single lead youth workers!
John 1:17 "For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ."Read More
One thing that really strikes me in American culture is the emphasis on comfort.Read More
Sometimes a youth pastor, or any pastor for that matter, comes to a new church with excitement on the outside, but on the inside we're carrying some baggage and nursing all kinds of scars. This baggage and scars may come from the way we were treated as we left our previous church, maybe even some guilt for leaving those who's lives they spoke into. Whatever the case, the baggage is heavy and the scars are fresh. And that's exactly where my family and I found ourselves as we came to our new church 365 days ago!Read More
Have you ever been told you are not liked, and it came from one of your students? For a while now, I have been getting a negative vibe coming from one of the kids I minister to and that negative energy has been directed at me. It wasn’t until last night at church she decided to tell me straight up, with a dirty look, that she doesn’t like me…in front of everyone! I thought my mind was prepared for a situation like this, but it turns out it wasn’t because I wasn’t sure how to respond. Yes, with love and grace. But I was hurting; this is a child I give my heart to after all.
Needless to say, I do not think I handled the negativity in the best possible way. Sometimes it is a lot easier to let criticism just roll off you and other times, not so much. This was one of those not so much times. I sort of shut down and became silent towards her; even when she faced towards me, put one hand on each shoulder and just looked me in the eyes. We both just looked at each other, not saying a word.Read More