What Should a Senior Pastor Say at a Youth Retreat?

Guest Blog By Bob Jones North Pointe Community Church

“Pastor, would you speak at our youth retreat?”

My quick response surprised Jeremy, our youth pastor, not just because I seldom respond quickly but because it was an enthusiastic one. And it was heartfelt. There was no need to pray, think, ponder or mull over this decision.


When I preach on Sundays there are youth in the crowd. But at a retreat there would ONLY be youth in the crowd and at this particular retreat, a record high number of youth.

What an opportunity. I would be one of, if not THE oldest speakers ever at a youth retreat for our church.

So what should a senior pastor say at a youth retreat?