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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.”
- 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?
- Share Your Insights. You are creative, insightful and theologically rich. Don’t keep it to yourself.