I’ve only been in Student Ministry for 10 years, but I’ve observed many things (good and bad) along the way about the next wave of aspiring Youth Pastors. Here are 5 things I think some veteran Youth Pastors would like you to know (by the way, I’m including myself on the “receiving” end of this post, not on the veteran side of things.)

  1. Be On Time: I’m not going to lie to you; nothing annoys your supervisor more than when you show up late for a meeting or an event. Not only should you be on time (which is always 10 minutes early), but be presentable. Don’t roll up to the office (or a meeting) looking like you just rolled out of bed.
  2. Be teachable: Your supervisor wants to see you grow, and the way that happens is by realizing that there is always room for growth in every area/facet of your life. Ask lots of questions and learn from those that have been in your area of ministry for a long time. A good leader never stops growing, and a teachable spirit is the breeding ground for growth.
  3. Receive¬†feedback: If you want to survive in ministry, you’re going to have to learn to take feedback. This goes back to the previous point on “being teachable.”
  4. Work hard. Laziness won’t cut it. Ever seen a professional athlete that has all the talent in the world, but they’re flat out lazy?
  5. Share Your Insights. You are creative, insightful and theologically rich. Don’t keep it to yourself.

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