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It’s amazing to me as I talk to Youth Pastors to really just see how prevalent depression is in Youth Ministry.
For whatever reason, it would appear to be true that working in Youth Ministry can be a very depressing thing to do, yet at the same time, is such a joy bringing calling.
I stumbled on this quote again that challenged me a lot last year when I was going through some dark times.
“Anger in particular seems close to a professional vice in the contemporary ministry.Pastors are angry at their leaders for not leading and at their followers for not following. They are angry at those who do not come to church for not coming and angry at those who do come for coming without enthusiasm. They are angry at their families, who make them feel guilty, and angry at themselves for not being who they want to be. This is not an open, blatant, roaring anger, but an anger hidden behind the smooth word, the smiling face, and the polite handshake. It is a frozen anger, an anger which settles into a biting resentment and slowly paralyzes a generous heart. If there is anything that makes the ministry look grim and dull, it is this dark, insidious anger in the servants of Christ.”
– Henri J.M. Nouwen, “The Way of the Heart”
You may be in a dark season of Youth Ministry right now, or maybe you just came out of it. Either way, it can be far too easy to to begin the healing process without dealing with the underlying issues, Anger in the heart.