When to move on from a Youth Ministry position

 

This past year has had huge changes for me and my family.  In May, my wife gave birth to our second child, Estelle.  That wouldn’t be the only change this year.  This past June I accepted a call as youth pastor in another community.  To be honest, it has been a great change, but an extremely difficult experience.  I don’t think that a post is enough to state how the whole process unfolded.  So, I will take 4 posts look at my move, and hopefully we can also dialogue about your experiences.

Here is what I am going to look at: 

1. How to know when to move on. I am stubborn, this is a litte fact about me.  I will stay at a place forever, even if it is slowly killing me and my passion for ministry.  There is nothing worse that feeling off mission, or seeing other pastors discouraged and depressed.

2. Working out a plan. Making a plan so that you end up in a situation that will push you forward instead of backwards is crucial for any pastor.  It is worth holding out for.  I think a lot of pastors don’t have a plan, and in that process feel helpless, and end up out of ministry for awhile.  There is nothing wrong with having conversations with people about another job or calling while in a pastor position.

3. The goodbye. This was one of the most difficult parts of the past 3 months for me.  Saying goodbye to all the friends, and students that I had the privilege of working with for the past 5 years was brutal.  It was encouraging to see how over the past 5 years how God has changed a lot of student’s lives, and how I was able to be apart of that!  Saying goodbye will always be hard.

4. New start. Where to begin.  A new start brings new challenges, new staff, new leaders, and so much more.  It is overwhelming to figure out where to start.  The key is to actually start somewhere, and just keep going.  I will look at the tasks and goals for the first 90 days.

When was the last time you switched youth pastor jobs?  What did you learn from it? 

 

13 Comments

  1. Really glad you're taking the time to write a series of post about this. Looking forward to reading them. As for your question, last time I made a move was 2 1/2 years ago. I love the church I'm currently at, and it has been one of the best experiences I've had in ministry.
  2. Really glad you're taking the time to write a series of post about this. Looking forward to reading them. As for your question, last time I made a move was 2 1/2 years ago. I love the church I'm currently at, and it has been one of the best experiences I've had in ministry.
  3. Also excited about reading this series. Last time I moved ministries was nearly a year and a half ago. Absolutely love the Church we moved to, and love the process of rebuilding, the challenge that comes with it. Biggest thing I learned is that ministry in New England is entirely different than any where else in the USA.
  4. Also excited about reading this series. Last time I moved ministries was nearly a year and a half ago. Absolutely love the Church we moved to, and love the process of rebuilding, the challenge that comes with it. Biggest thing I learned is that ministry in New England is entirely different than any where else in the USA.
  5. I'm new to your blog, but I'm looking forward to this series of posts! I'm one year into my 2nd youth ministry position. After serving at my first church for 5 years, I chose to leave for a different church in the same community. I learned a lot and wish I could do a few things differently. If I could have a "do-over," I would spend much, much more time saying goodbye. I didn't want to make things harder than they already would be and, in hindsight, rushed the goodbye. I'm intrigued to see the 3rd post and how you handle this aspect of it all. Thanks!
    • Edrin, Thanks for the comment. I really appreciate it. You will never have a do-over so live it well the first time. Love your honesty. The 3rd post is the hardest. Look forward to the conversation!
  6. I'm new to your blog, but I'm looking forward to this series of posts! I'm one year into my 2nd youth ministry position. After serving at my first church for 5 years, I chose to leave for a different church in the same community. I learned a lot and wish I could do a few things differently. If I could have a "do-over," I would spend much, much more time saying goodbye. I didn't want to make things harder than they already would be and, in hindsight, rushed the goodbye. I'm intrigued to see the 3rd post and how you handle this aspect of it all. Thanks!
    • Edrin, Thanks for the comment. I really appreciate it. You will never have a do-over so live it well the first time. Love your honesty. The 3rd post is the hardest. Look forward to the conversation!

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