These days it seems like I have lots of jobs. As the associate pastor I end up catching much of the little things that people don’t notice. But at the end of the day I am the youth pastor. Sometimes I complain because I get treated like I am just the youth pastor. People conveniently leave me out of decisions, even ones that will effect my daily work life. People don’t feel the need to keep me informed or listen to my opinions. People generally don’t think of me as much more than just the guy that plays with the kids. That bugs the stew out of me sometimes.
But then there are the times when I get to be the youth pastor. These days in a world full of extra jobs and extra headaches and all sorts of little details it feels good when I get to be the youth pastor again. It is nice to remember that I am actually good at something, and that I get paid to do something that I love. It is feels great to see students get excited about church, and God, and worship. It is fun to just be a part of their lives as older students become leaders and younger students become worshipers.
There are times when I still get to be just a youth pastor and those times make the other times bearable.