Christian Striver

The Myth of the Perfect Youth Pastor

In Christianity, Youth Ministry on January 31, 2009 at 6:07 AM

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Over at the Random Thoughts From a Random Man blog, there are a series of terrific postings about the myth of the perfect youth pastor.  Anyone who has spent any extended amount of time in  youth minstry will certainly relate with each of these myths in some way or another.

Myth #1 The perfect youth pastor must be between 22 and 35 years old in order to relate to youth.

Myth #2 The perfect youth pastor must be a dynamic, entertaining speaker.

Myth #3 The perfect youth pastor relates well with every student.

Myth #4 The perfect youth pastor is married and his wife is actively involved in the youth ministry.

Myth #5 The perfect youth pastor must be “cool” in order to relate well to teens.

Myth #6 A perfect youth pastor needs to have events every month for the students while attending all other church-wide functions.

Myth #7 The  perfect youth pastor must be able to coordinate babysitting for all other ministries in the church.

Myth #8 The perfect youth pastor must be willing to help anyone who stops by the office no matter how busy they are with their own work.

Myth # 9 The perfect youth pastor must be willing to live off the smallest salary, work in the smallest office and work with the smallest budget in the church all while believing what the people of the church tell them that “the youth ministry is very important to us”.

Myth #10 The Perfect Youth Pastor’s ministry will grow numerically even though the church as a whole won’t change and never grows.

Myth #11 A perfect youth pastor will take responsibility for the failures and mistakes of every student in the youth ministry.

Myth #12 The Perfect Youth Pastor will make the teens visible to the church at large and get them involved with the Sunday morning worship service but will not attempt to change the culture of said church.

HT: Random Thoughts via Christian Striver

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  1. oooooh great post! and great looking blog, love the header and the superman picture! those myths are sad and scary eh!

  2. Thanks for the Hat Tip!

  3. Up to #20 now.

  4. Men!
    Point 9 is killing me! :-D

    WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!

    In my church, the youth leader is 25, his wife is pregnant, few month ago he left very good position in a company, Ogilvy & Mather caliber, and went ot work in small charity foundation.
    Meanwhile he is working on starting his own company (I’m proud to work on his corporate identity), he is composing, leading a band (not worship, but pop, Swithfoot type of band) tring to reach out the secular youth and teenagers. Now the band is working activly over first album.

    We don’t have problem with the youth-ministry budget, because our church is not having budget for youth ministry.
    The only person who is receive salary in the church is the pastor, so the youth leader is not having any salary.

    Why he is doing that?!? Is that related with Matew 25:21?
    Or he is hoping for bigger office? :-)

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