The 4 Truths Everyone Needs to Know about Youth Pastors

Youth ministry has sometimes been criticized as ‘baby sitting kids” but it is more like shepherding sheep.

That’s not very exciting, is it?  “Come shepherd sheep!” You probably won’t find it on a Bible College recruiting poster anywhere in North America, but it is the call of the Master. “Feed my Lambs..” isn’t much better, but it is the job description of any of us who dare to bear the title “PASTOR.”

Jesus’ disciples noticed this one day. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few…

Considering the importance of the work. Here are 4 truths you need to know about youth pastors!

Team Leadership: Risks and Rewards

The Avengers got me thinking about team leadership.

In the past, church leadership emphasized a strong individual, normally a guy, with enough vision and force of character (charisma?) to attract followers.

Today, volunteers and other leaders want to be part of a team. They recognize that they have unique gifts and abilities. They want to shape the vision, own it, then be released to run with it. Some teams do it better than others. Here are some of the risks if it is done poorly and the rewards if you can do it right:

Caution: 5 Hazards Ahead

“Hurt people, hurt people.”

A pastor I once worked with often cautioned us on the staff. He was warning us that the wounded people we were attempting to help may harm us as we try to help.

This was very true when I tried to assist a woman who I saw across the street one evening who was being beaten by her drunk boyfriend. She had been thrown down in the street and the boyfriend was about to kick her. I ran between her and her assailant and received a vicious kick in the leg. I shouted at him, “I am calling the police!

5 Things Your Volunteers Need From You

What do you want from me?!!

Lina yelled at  me. She had every right. I wanted her to organize all of the youth resources but I gave her no training or instructions. No wonder she was fed up. Getting yelled at by someone who had been so eager to help, made me learn that I needed to change. Here’s a list of 5 things I learned that my leaders need from me.

Free Test: Unleash Your Personality Potential

The greatest speakers I know are introverts.

They are very comfortable being by themselves. What is remarkable is that they have learned how to make their personality profile work for them in public. Are you making the most of how God has formed you? Here’s a 10 minute test and 5 strategies to help you make the most of your personality type!

Do You Default to any of these 3 Destructive Responses?

I was being immature.

I knew it but I didn’t stop myself. I fell into the dumb old pattern that was harmful to others and to me. If you’re a parent, educator, or a volunteer with teens, see if you ever end up acting in any of these three destructive ways. #3 is particularly deadly!