Dual Pastor Dilemmas

It has been over 4 months since I have posted here. That is by far the longest I have ever gone without a post in the almost 15 years of Nailsars.com. Even in the times when I have “quit” and decided that I wouldn’t post anymore I have posted more often than this. The lack of posts hasn’t been because I am done with Nailscars.com. I still pay to keep this site open and still check the stats regularly. The lack of posts isn’t because I haven’t had any creative ideas, in fact I have a whole slew of things that I could post about, things that I am quite proud of, actually. The lack of posts may have something  to do with Facebook and Twitter which let me post banal things and feel like my voice is out there. I would like to think that the lack of post was because wordpress was doing some weird over memory thing that wouldn’t let me post, but that would just be an excuse.  I think, actually I know that the main reason that I haven’t posted is a lack of time. I am working right now as a youth and children’s pastor and I just haven’t had the time (and by time I mean mindshare time) to come back to Nailscars.com.

It has been a year since I stepped into this new role as youth and children’s pastor here. During that time I have been trying to get a handle on just how much time and effort I put into each place. I feel like when I focus on the children’s ministry I am neglecting the youth side, and when I focus on the youth side I feel like the children side is on its own.

This really isn’t an issue of time, although like most people finding time is never an easy thing to do. It really is more of an issue of budgeting my focus, mind, and energy. I can’t seem to find a way to put the mindshare into each of them as much as I would like.

As the year has progressed I have gotten a better handle on things. I now know where the ministries are and have a vision for where both of them are headed. I also know better who I can rely on to help out, what things need my attention, and what things I can delegate to others.

But I am still trying to find what I consider to be the perfect balance between the two in my mind.

So I guess what I am asking is if there is anyone out there who has these two jobs like I do, and if so do you have any ideas that might help me out. 

3 thoughts on “Dual Pastor Dilemmas

  • September 9, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    I just stumbled upon your sight trying to find a skit I saw many years ago. Anyway, I have been in youth work in some form or another for close to 25 years now and I want to encourage you that everything has a season! What impresses me most about your website is the authenticity. So if you are in a season of life that does not allow you time to add more here, God will use what you already have. He just did with me! Be encouraged brother.

  • June 12, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    I found your website from researching some Teen Ministry Ideas on Pinterest. I am currently struggling with balancing time with the children/preteens/teens at our church. If I focus on the teens, I almost forget about the children. It’s quite frustrating. I am the Youth Director at our small, but growing church. We lack so much, but I have so many ideas for the Youth Ministry. Thanks for having a transparent and creative site for other Ministers to come to for ideas. These kids are our future and I want them to thrive, know God, and help others know Him.

  • June 17, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    I still haven’t figured out the best way to make this balance work. Three years in now I am getting to see some fruits of children entering into the youth ministry so it is cool to see how that is working, but I am also realizing that it means that some of these kids will hear from me for like 12 years. I don’t know that I have that much original stuff to teach them.


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