Today, I celebrate one year of service as youth pastor at Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church. I can truly say, this position has been a blessing. The parents are engaging, the students are growing, and our volunteers are the best. In addition to those blessings, the staff and church as a whole has been very supportive. Youth ministry has its particular challenges, however the blessings out weight those challenges any day. I have learned much during this quick year! Much of the thoughts I am about to share are simple and have been shared before. Still, I thought they were good to share to help me reflect and perhaps to encourage a fellow youth pastor or volunteer. Enjoy!
- Youth Ministry is serious work.
- Youth Ministry is rewarding.
- Youth Ministry is non-stop.
- Youth Volunteers are the real champions.
- Youth Ministry is about Jesus.
- Its not about numbers, programs, and activities.
- I love student ministry because I am always around new believers and unbelievers.
- Youth Ministry is ministry to families.
- Preach books of the Bible.
- Get Help.
- Spend time with God. Minister out of connectedness not merely competence.
- Point Students to Jesus.
- Challenge students to be leaders.
- You are not a peer. You are an adult friend.
- Teach them theology.
- Work hard(er) on your messages.
- Be available and approachable.
- Make sure you have a good mix of volunteers.
- Never stop reading.
- Encourage your students to read.
- The little things matter BIG time. (Write notes, remember names etc.)
- Don’t compare. You can’t compare.
- Let the Lord fight your battles.
- Pray a lot. Pray all the time.
- Always make Jesus the main focus. All day. Everyday.
What thoughts would you share about youth ministry or ministry in general? Join the discussion!
For God’s Glory,