Name, Position, where can we find you online?
Dan Krulan, Pastor of Student Ministries, www.dankrulan.com
Give us a backstory of how you got into youth ministry.
I was a volunteer for two years before being called into full time 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?
I am probably the outsider student pastor that is organized, detailed, and neat in most of what I do. I love teaching God’s word and seeing the “lightbulb” come on when a student finally understands a concept. I struggle with getting my vision for things across to others because I sometimes feel that I’m the only one who sees things the way I do.
What are your thoughts on the high turnover in youth ministry?
I think some people get into youth ministry because they really enjoyed youth group, not because of God’s calling on their life. Extending your youth group experience by becoming a leader in a student ministry can work for a while, but eventually that lack of calling will catch up with you.
What would you say to a new youth pastor who wants to give up, or is questioning his/her calling?
Talk with people that really know and care for you. Ask them to pray for you to gain wisdom and insight. See what they think about your calling into ministry.
What are your favorite youth ministry resources?
DownloadYouthMinistry.com, Live Curriculum, Youth Pastor’s Survival Guide (Len Kageler), Amazon Prime
If you were starting over today as a youth pastor what would you do?
I’d take the time to be mentored more by an experienced youth pastor. I rushed into being the solo “man” as it were and took a longer path to get to where I am right now. I learned a lot along the way, but I’m so much more happy in my present role that I wish I could have gotten here sooner.
Story time. Share some stories from your time in youth ministry. Good, Bad, or Funny.
I once thought a girl was joking about needing a bathroom on a road trip. I even intentionally pointed out water spots and even slowed down a bit to “play along”. Thing is she wasn’t crying wolf as I had thought and she wound up peeing herself in the church van. She was so embarrassed that I didn’t find out until my wife said something to me once we arrived.
What is your philosophy in youth ministry? Explain how you see it, how you work/run your ministry etc.
Students learn more by doing rather than only hearing. You’ve got to get them involved in the whole process from creative to details to running events and even teaching. That’s how they learn to be a part of the Kingdom.
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 have a Dropbox folder that my team collaborates on that has teaching schedules, training schedules, themes and event with dates so that we are all looking at the same information when we sit to discuss the ministry each week.
Anything you want to say?
Some Youth Pastors need to get over themselves and work together. I’ve reached out to a few youth workers before and I’ve gotten the feeling that they were either too proud to team up or thought that maybe they would lose students to my group if we did something combined. Our goal needs to be God’s Kingdom and not our kingdom. Thankfully I’m in a current group that seems to be more Kingdom minded where we pray and meet with monthly.
Thank you Dan.