Josh Fuentes

Wisdom for Rookie Youth Pastors: Taking Care of Your Family

August 16, 2016     Josh Fuentes    

As I write this post, my wife just entered into her third trimester of pregnancy. In February, we will welcome another beautiful little girl into this world. I’m pumped, but I’m not naive either. We have a five year old, and life stays busy with one. So I’m pretty sure life is going to get crazy with two. I’m also a full-time youth pastor and seminary student. That means there are three…    read more 

Saying Goodbye to Student Ministry: Transition Where You Are

November 18, 2015     Josh Fuentes    
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So you decided to take the plunge and transition out of student ministry? Great! God is going to do some great things in you and through you as you move into this new phase of your life. Yet, there’s an issue. In order to leave student ministry, you have to leave your church, which means you’ll have to uproot your family to start this new position. Just thinking about moving makes me…    read more 

Saying Goodbye to Student Ministry: Age Matters

November 10, 2015     Josh Fuentes    
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You’ve heard it said. I’ve heard it said. It’s been said to you. We’ve asked it ourselves every now and then. Even search teams talk about it. The million dollar question that makes every youth pastor want to roll their eyes –  “Aren’t you a little old to be a youth pastor?” For some odd reason this question seems to get asked more than once when you hit your thirties. Like you,…    read more 

Saying Goodbye to Student Ministry: The Question You Need to Ask Yourself

August 1, 2015     Josh Fuentes    
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Our calling into the ministry is not set in stone. God may have us serve in a specific position for a various amount of time, or he may call us out of ministry all together. Either way, we do ourselves a disservice when we call ourselves “lifers” in student ministry as we begin the race. Truth be told, God determines when we serve, where we serve, and in what capacity we serve….    read more 

Saying Goodbye to Student Ministry: What I Wish I Did More of

July 1, 2015     Josh Fuentes    
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In all honesty, I never planned to write this post. However, after thinking about my previous two posts (click here and here) and the dialogue that was taking place, I decided writing about “what I wish I did more of” would be a great way to finish out this mini-series. Leaving student ministry has given me some time to reflect on it as a whole, and like every minister out there, you…    read more 

Saying Goodbye to Student Ministry: What I Don’t Miss About Student Ministry

June 8, 2015     Josh Fuentes    
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In my last post, I wrote about the features of student ministry that I miss dearly. In this post, however, I wanted to write about what I don’t miss. Like I mentioned previously, when God calls you out of student ministry, you go through a grieving process. Yet at the same time, you are flooded with feelings of joy, because you realize there are things you will never, ever have to do…    read more 

Saying Goodbye to Student Ministry: What I Miss About Student Ministry

June 3, 2015     Josh Fuentes    
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When I knew God was calling me out of student ministry, I already knew there were going to be features of student ministry that I was going to miss. Now that I’m six months into my associate pastor position, those features have only been confirmed. Truth be told, however, the features of student ministry we are going to miss can be used as a temptation to make us stay. When God calls…    read more 

Saying Goodbye to Student Ministry

May 18, 2015     Josh Fuentes    
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There comes a time in every youth pastor’s life when they ask themselves, “Is it time to leave student ministry?” Sometimes this question is prompted by serving at a bad church, doing a lock-in, or when you’ve eaten pizza every night of the week. Yet, there are times when the question is prompted while the church is good, students are growing, and life couldn’t get any better. I imagine we all go…    read more 

Wisdom for Rookie Youth Pastors: The Essentials

April 29, 2015     Josh Fuentes    

I’ve been in youth ministry for almost 8 years, and I’m definitely not the same 21 year old who started out so long ago. As a rookie youth pastor I remember thinking someone was an awesome youth pastor if they could play a guitar, kill it with graphic designs, and make spectacular videos. Those are all great skills to have, but in the end, these things don’t make youth pastors who last. So…    read more 

Wisdom for Rookie Youth Pastors: Lock-Ins Part 2

April 27, 2015     Josh Fuentes    

In my last post, I shared about the spiritual crises every youth pastor goes through when they plan a lock-in. Now that we’ve poked fun at lock-ins, we should get serious, and actually consider some thoughts that will allow you to have a spectacular night. If this is your first time doing a lock-in, I’m sure you’re spewing with excitement right now. I know I was, and when I was a teenager…    read more