One of the joys of working with youth is how spontaneous and creative the ministry can be. It feels so…
I really enjoyed both of the readings this week, and I struggled with writing this review. I mean, I thought the content was dead-on, but I guess it might have hit a little close to home. The area that caused me the most struggle was the area of pride.
Youth pastors are completely present in a world dominated by insecurities. Many teenagers struggle with these ideas, and many youth pastors are constantly fighting stigmas and stereotypes of being glorified babysitters and insignificant compared to their church’s “real pastor.”
Although most of us say it’s the depth of our ministry and not the numbers that truly count, we still all seem to struggle with the numbers. I’m constantly haunted by the numbers game in my mind, and it’s an area that’s hard for me to overcome.
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On the other hand, I have no issue with the idea that I’m to be constantly learning and growing—but I struggle in the doing part of this idea. I’m married and have four kids, and to be honest, I struggle just doing my daily devotions. I have a stack of books waiting for me to read that are all geared at helping me grow, yet in this current situation they’re completely useless—they’re just a stack of books.
The other week I lead a workshop on technology for a group of Sunday School teachers.Â I was given plenty…