The world of Youth Ministry is in dire need of more Leaders. I’m not simply saying “we need more Youth Leaders” as in Pastors to Youth, I’m saying we need more Leaders in the world of Youth Ministry, and a lot less followers.
It strikes me as odd that at most Christian Universities that offer a degree in Youth Ministry, you will take classes in Evangelism, speaking to teens, helping hurting teens, etc., but rarely if ever will there be a class on Leadership thrown in there.
This is Detrimental to the health of Youth Ministry around the world.
Think about this alone; How many blog posts or chapters in books could you find right now that deal with attracting volunteers in Youth Ministry?
And I mean, this is great for those who are succeeding from writing those books or blog posts, and don’t get me wrong, they are absolutely needed right now, but I really question how much time would be spent on things like that if we had more Youth Pastors trained to be leaders?
We need youth pastors trained to be leaders, trained to cast vision, trained to deal with volunteers.
The sad part, though, is that so often, the really great Youth Pastors that rise up and become great leaders end up taking that skill set and moving on to “Big Church,” and I think a little bit of that comes from the notion that you dont have to be a leader in Youth Ministry.
Why is it that we expect so much from Sr. Pastors as leaders and expect next to nothing from Youth Pastors as leaders? Who’s fault is it that this culture has been created where the “norm” is that Youth Pastors are “lazy goofballs who, sure, they can sometimes be serious, but at the same time, come on, they are the youth pastor.”
We need a generation of Youth Pastors to Raise the bar. We need to change culture, and its up to us to do it. We can’t expect Parents to expect anything different from us until we show them different. We can’t expect Sr. Pastors to take use seriously until we show them differently.
And we can’t really lead a generation of Youth until we prove to them that we are someone they can follow. Don’t get me wrong, I am all about being their best friend, but at the end of the day, thats not what I get paid to do. I get paid to lead them to Christ.
Youth Pastors – Lets Raise the Bar.