Name, Position, where can we find you online?
Give us a backstory of how you got into youth ministry.
What are your strength’s as a youth pastor? What do you love most about youth ministry, and what areas do you struggle with/in?
What are your thoughts on the high turnover in youth ministry?
What would you say to a new youth pastor who wants to give up, or is questioning his/her calling?
Don’t let discouragement rob you of the call. You can be a first year pastor or a 60 year pastor. Discouragement is going to come. Find mentors around you who can walk with you through their struggles early on. Find ways to remember the things God spoke to you years ago. Always keep perspective of the students who have been impacted by your leadership.
What are your favorite youth ministry resources?
If you were starting over today as a youth pastor what would you do?
Story time. Share some stories from your time in youth ministry. Good, Bad, or Funny.
What is your philosophy in youth ministry? Explain how you see it, how you work/run your ministry etc.
My view of youth ministry. First, it’s got to be biblical. I’m fully under the mindset that no game or event quite changes a student like solid biblical teaching. We do expository messages geared for youth in my ministry. We’re seeing a lot good things coming from this. Students now are so biblically illiterate, it’s scary! They don’t know context, flow or anything. This is one of the main reasons we’ve gone expository. (I’d be glad to answer more questions about this style if people are upset with this approach in youth). Second, it’s relation from the top down. If our students are going to come back it’s going to be because they feel loved and appreciated by my leaders. We have leaders choose 5 students that they hang out with and text all the time. Third, it’s missional. I wish this was one our students grasped more of, it’s something I highly desire. We cannot be satisfied in youth if we’re here just feeding ourselves. We have got to fulfill the Great Commission. I cannot reach the schools, but my students can. This third point connects to my first point. If these students are going to be missional, they have to understand the biblical mandate given. They have to be the church in the community they reside in.
Give an example of how you operate in your strength. For example, if you are super organized walk us through how you set up your calendar, or whatever you rock at. If you are great at communicating break down your process.
I consider preaching to be a strong point of mine. I take it very seriously. I’m not interested in throwing together a lesson that comes from a website. Every Tuesday afternoon I let everyone on staff know that I’m sermon prepping. I do that until office hours are over. Wednesday morning comes along (day of youth) and I do about 2-3 hours of reworking my formatting, powerpoint presentation, notes for students, and rehearsing. I try to rehearse twice. When I plan my messages I try to go through a book or section of the Bible and let the text speak for itself. Right now we are going through the book of James. Each week I’ll take a new section, dissect it, and then apply it to the teens life. I’ll throw in maybe a few examples from my life or some stories that really pull them in.