Youth Pastor Skills

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

Video Editor
Video Director
Musician
Band Leader
Technical Director
Lighting Designer
Stand-UP comedian
Nurse
Counselor
Coach
Cheerleader
Computer Technician
Math Tutor
Photographer
Web Designer
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?  

4 thoughts on “Youth Pastor Skills

  1. Tim says:

    I went through both Bible college and seminary and can honestly say that both experiences are invauable to my ministry. You don’t really go to seminary to learn more about something, you go to learn what you don’t even know you don’t know yet (if that makes sense). Probably the most valuable part of my seminary education was learning how to effectively communicate God’s Word and for Bible college it was the counseling training I received.

  2. John says:

    Wow, you got a sweet deal if Janitor isn’t one of the jobs you do.

  3. The Average Youth Minister says:

    I’d like to say that I am a janitor too, but too many times I leave a mess that my custodian has to pick up and she does so without complaint so I can’t claim that one. If there aren’t parents there to help I am the world’s worst at cleaning.

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