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The first thing they seek is LOYALTY.
My former pastor, always said, “When it comes
to loyalty you get one strike.” If you do your job as a youth pastor you will win the affection of all the people groups in your church. For example, when I left the church that I served at, some of the people I missed the most were some of the elderly members of our church. I also worked hard to get on the children’s good side so that they couldn’t wait to get in the youth group. The truth is, the only reason you have built those friendships is because your pastor gave you access to those people by inviting
you to be on the church staff. You can abuse that access by doing anything that would hinder the pastor’s effectiveness with the congregation. You can hinder him by blaming him for the rules at your church. It usually goes something like this. A student complains about not being able to wear shorts or a hat to youth service and we say, “I know it’s not that big of a deal, but it’s the rules our pastor has set.” To be loyal means you take the blame. To be loyal means that you tell the student it’s your rule,
even though your pastor made it up. Being loyal is saying something good about your pastor when people say things that put him down. Being loyal means you are a team player. To be loyal means you support his vision for the church whether you agree with it or not. To be loyal doesn’t mean that you blindly follow a man with no integrity, but it does mean that you leave without causing a stink.
There is something more important at work here than your preferences, it’s the church of the living God. Jesus will build his church and we must be careful not to tear it down by speaking evil of it’s leadership. Remember Proverbs 26:20 says, “Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down.” Don’t allow someone to use you as wood to burn your church leadership.

Another thing every pastor is looking for is SELF-MOTIVATION.
My first pastor, used to tease about people who woke up feeling lazy one morning, craving fried chicken and knew
they were called to preach. We’ve all met lazy people with a “maintenance mentality” that hinder a church more than they help it. Your pastor doesn’t want someone that he has to monitor to make sure they are doing their job. Our pastors are looking for someone that they don’t have to worry about. The ministry is a great place to be lazy if you want to be. If you don’t have integrity, you can take advantage of the schedule. A self-motivated person is usually at work before they’re suppose to be and struggles to leave on time. Your pastor needs to know that you really are at the school lunch
when you say that’s were you are going. Your pastor needs someone who will pray like it depends on God and work like it depends on themselves. The Bible is very clear that in reality we are working for God. Jeremiah 48:10 says, “Cursed be the one who does the Lord’s work negligently.”

Finally, I believe every pastor is looking for a youth pastor that is DEPENDABLE.
Your pastor doesn’t need excuses for why things haven’t been done. As someone said, “Excuses are testimonies of failure.” We need to run our youth ministries in such a way that we put our pastors at ease. At ease because they know that when a parent comes in with a complaint about an event, you covered your basis ahead of time. At ease because they know your not a law-suit waiting to happen because you have thought things through. At ease because they know when you said you’d be home from the event at 9:00 pm, you meant 9:00 pm. At ease because they know when you are dealing with conflict you will deal with it reasonably and not emotionally. At ease because when they ask you to get something ready for service on Sunday, it will be ready on Sunday. These are the kind of
youth leaders that pastors don’t ever want to leave. These are the kind of youth pastors that every pastor is looking for.

1 COMMENT

  • Jon says:

    This comment is in response to Dwain. You had said that youth pastor needs respect from the congregation. I agree with this statement but am a firm believer that respect is earned. I was a youth pastor 9 years and many of colleagues did little to nothing to earn the respect of their congregations. Rather they would hard at appearing cool to their youth group. Many youth pastors I know demonstrate about as much maturity as the Jr. Highers they are trying to reach and wonder why people don’t trust their judgment. If one is going to bear the title pastor, they must seek fulfill the duties of a pastor. If the parents don’t trust us, we will never receive the opportunity to minister to their kids. Trust and respect is only given after it is first earned.

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