Someone asked me by email not long ago my thoughts on seminar for youth pastors. I have never been to seminary so I don’t really know how much it helps. I do know that learning more about the Bible is never going to be a bad thing (that is unless you make learning about the Bible more important than communing with the God who wrote the Bible, but that is another post) But, while I don’t know how much seminary would help, I do know some other things that might help. As a youth pastor here are a few of the "jobs" that I also do.
Graphic Designer: I spend more time designing handouts and such than almost anything else
Secretary: Mailing letters and stuffing envelopes is right up there with graphic design
Travel Agent: You try getting 40 people to a camp 4 hours away with a bus that seats 11.
Copy Machine Repairman
I don’t know what you call it, but I spend a ton of time rearranging chairs. I promise if they don’t teach folding chairs 101 in seminary then they aren’t preparing youth pastors for the real world.
These are just a few of the jobs that come up during my normal week. I know that most people have jobs that make them do several different things too so I’m not complaining. I am just advising anyone who wants to become a youth pastor because they "love teenagers" that there are a ton of hidden jobs and most of them are done while the teenagers are off having fun.
Can you tell I have been working all week on Winter Retreat?