Three challenges commonly associated with working on a Church Staff

There are many challenges Youth Pastors face to working on a church staff, but there are a few common issues that lead down the road to resentment that we can all fall into. In this initial episode of Youth Ministry Leadership Training, Ben Read discusses three of these common issues Youth Pastors face, as well as the 3 options they lead us down, and how to overcome these challenges and thrive as a Church staff member.

What are the things that “embarrass” you about your local church? Are they things that you can change? Things you should work to change?

If it’s true that Youth Pastor’s are the “Right hand Man” of Sr. Pastors, the number 2 leadership in the church, how well of a job are you doing at living into that?

What are things you can do to adapt to your church’s culture rather than fight to reshape it?

13 Comments

  1. WOW!!! I am so glad God laid this topic on your heart, this is something I deal with on a weekly basis. If not by title but by how long another pastor/staff member has been here.
  2. WOW!!! I am so glad God laid this topic on your heart, this is something I deal with on a weekly basis. If not by title but by how long another pastor/staff member has been here.
  3. The conversation of being underappreciated hit home. I get paid well enough for a part-time pastor and our budget is great. However, and I have mentioned this several times on Facebook, our group is "homeless." We have a space in the basement, but it can only be utilized on Sunday mornings for Sunday School. We used the Fellowship Hall once, but it was taken away and given to a smaller outside group. This has led to a great deal of frustration, but we have decided to make the best of it. Yesterday I laid before the church my desire to see 30 students in our ministry. If that were to happen, we would definitely need a much larger space. That, I believe, is the definition of thriving.
    • Jonathan, I have recently gone through a similar situation. We have a small upstairs classroom that doesn't really work for anything but Sunday School. I got creative and we created a curtain wall out of pvc pipe to section of part of our worship center for our youth programs. It's about 30 minutes of work to set up, and another to tear down, but to be able to have our own "space" that is just creative with a part of the building not being used at that time is great.
    • I think God has blessed you with an amazing situation, you're going to get to be creative and figure out how to best do youth ministry with what you have. Too often it gets crammed into a box to look like x church or y church, but what you can do is re-create it. Live into the space and resources you've been given!
  4. The conversation of being underappreciated hit home. I get paid well enough for a part-time pastor and our budget is great. However, and I have mentioned this several times on Facebook, our group is "homeless." We have a space in the basement, but it can only be utilized on Sunday mornings for Sunday School. We used the Fellowship Hall once, but it was taken away and given to a smaller outside group. This has led to a great deal of frustration, but we have decided to make the best of it. Yesterday I laid before the church my desire to see 30 students in our ministry. If that were to happen, we would definitely need a much larger space. That, I believe, is the definition of thriving.
    • Jonathan, I have recently gone through a similar situation. We have a small upstairs classroom that doesn't really work for anything but Sunday School. I got creative and we created a curtain wall out of pvc pipe to section of part of our worship center for our youth programs. It's about 30 minutes of work to set up, and another to tear down, but to be able to have our own "space" that is just creative with a part of the building not being used at that time is great.
    • I think God has blessed you with an amazing situation, you're going to get to be creative and figure out how to best do youth ministry with what you have. Too often it gets crammed into a box to look like x church or y church, but what you can do is re-create it. Live into the space and resources you've been given!
  5. I wish youth workers felt more appreciated. That's definitely a real concern. But I think we need to keep some perspective and remember that virtually every church employee feels underappreciated too.
  6. I wish youth workers felt more appreciated. That's definitely a real concern. But I think we need to keep some perspective and remember that virtually every church employee feels underappreciated too.

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