Doug Fields’ Top Ten Commitments for Youth Ministry


–if we pursue the right ones, our lives have purpose and meaning –without them, we spiral into confusion and despair. Here is my take on Doug Fields’ top ten commitments for youth workers…

  1. I will move slowly. Rushing will cause more harm than good—trust God. Do things few things and do them well.
  2. I will regularly check my motives and evaluate my heart. –If you are not doing it out of love for God and love for students. Please stop and do the right things for the right reasons.
  3. I will steer clear of the numbers’ game. It is a dangerous game and makes youth pastors do foolish things. Instead focus on health. Growth will follow naturally.
  4. I will not criticize the past. This can be a petty blame game. Take the high road. Pursue the vision God has given you for your group and don’t look back on past victories or failures.
  5. I will avoid the comparison trap. We wrote about this in a blog called dangerous comparisons. God has a will for your unique group. Pursue that and don’t copy cat the biggest youth ministry in town.
  6. I will focus on priorities. Hopefully loving God and loving people are at the top of your list. Make sure that God is honoured and every student is cared for personally.
  7. I will pace myself. This goes with commitment number one. It is easy to throw your life out of balance. There is no end to good things you could do 20 hours a day. Instead prepare for the long haul. Do God’s will for you today and then get plenty of sleep.
  8. I will serve. If you do you are in good company! If you are looking for power and position you are in the wrong business!!
  9. I will be a learner. Stop learning today and you will stop leading tomorrow. There are so many ways to learn today through blogs, podcasts, e-books, you tube videos –make learning a regular habit.
  10. I will pursue contentment. Contentment is a choice. Joy should not be based on circumstance. Don’t wait for some great thing to happen to make you happy. Find your satisfaction in Christ.

I hope that these will help you to refocus and recommit so that you having greater effectiveness and balance. God bless, –Ron.


Ps. If you want to see what Doug Fields says about each of these commitments follow this link or download a copy of Your First 2 years in Youth Ministry.

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Ron Powell


Ron Powell is the Adviser to the Director of the Youth Ministry Institute at Vanguard College. He has been involved in youth ministry for over 30 years. He continues to volunteer, write, teach, and speak to parents, leaders and teens. If you would like to contact him you can email