Part-Time Youth Pastor, Full-Time Hero

“The Benefits of Working At A Small Church.”

“The Dirty Truth No One Will Tell You.”

“How To Stay Spiritually Healthy When There’s No Food To Be Found”

“How You Advance The Kingdom, When Your Youth Group Only Has 5 Students.”

“The Small Group You Never Knew You Had.”

“How You Know Its Time To Leave.”

“Final Thoughts.”

Finally, if you are a full-time youth pastor, you have a responsibility to do everything you can to help out those who are serving in bi-vocational or volunteer positions. You have resources and connections they need so they will be better equipped to serve the students God has given to them. This week, think about what resources you can offer to help out those who work in a small church. Find out who works as a part-time or volunteer youth pastor in your area and take them out to eat, just to encourage them. I’m sure they can use it. And if you work at a small church as a bi-vocational or volunteer youth pastor, please leave a comment on how we can better serve you and encourage you in your ministry.
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  1. I'm a volunteer youth minister. Our group has been growing also! And while I have incredible support from my pastor and church in general, I have little to no man power helping out in the trenches. Working full time, and being a wife also limits me in being able to plan and do everything myself. Also, I have trouble communicating with parents, and know they are vital to the ministry.
    • Hey Stephanie! That's great your group is growing and with it, always comes growing pains. Its a good thing! Josh Robinson just wrote a great post called "7 Ways to Connect Student Ministry to the Home." I'm sure you can take some of the ideas he presented and adapt them to your context. Furthermore, do you have a youth team and have you had any parent meetings? Your parents are your greatest resource. If you can figure out how to leverage them, the burden of the ministry will be lighten. They know you're volunteering and that works to your favor in their eyes. Stay strong and if you need any feed back, please feel free to use this section as your forum!
  2. I'm a volunteer youth minister. Our group has been growing also! And while I have incredible support from my pastor and church in general, I have little to no man power helping out in the trenches. Working full time, and being a wife also limits me in being able to plan and do everything myself. Also, I have trouble communicating with parents, and know they are vital to the ministry.
    • Hey Stephanie! That's great your group is growing and with it, always comes growing pains. Its a good thing! Josh Robinson just wrote a great post called "7 Ways to Connect Student Ministry to the Home." I'm sure you can take some of the ideas he presented and adapt them to your context. Furthermore, do you have a youth team and have you had any parent meetings? Your parents are your greatest resource. If you can figure out how to leverage them, the burden of the ministry will be lighten. They know you're volunteering and that works to your favor in their eyes. Stay strong and if you need any feed back, please feel free to use this section as your forum!
  3. I'm a volunteer youth minister. Our group has been growing also! And while I have incredible support from my pastor and church in general, I have little to no man power helping out in the trenches. Working full time, and being a wife also limits me in being able to plan and do everything myself. Also, I have trouble communicating with parents, and know they are vital to the ministry.
  4. I'm a volunteer youth minister. Our group has been growing also! And while I have incredible support from my pastor and church in general, I have little to no man power helping out in the trenches. Working full time, and being a wife also limits me in being able to plan and do everything myself. Also, I have trouble communicating with parents, and know they are vital to the ministry.
  5. Being bivocational was one of the hardest things I have ever done. Just finding time to adequately prepare for ministry and minister to my own family was difficult. Thank you for bringing this up.
    • Your welcome Jonathan! I've been there and I know the stress it can cause. Let your time as a bi-vocational minister be a reflection time for you. Go over it in your head and look at all the things that did and did not go well. Then use that to improve yourself for your next ministry. That's what I had to do, and I'm thankful the experience God gave at my part-time church.
  6. Being bivocational was one of the hardest things I have ever done. Just finding time to adequately prepare for ministry and minister to my own family was difficult. Thank you for bringing this up.
    • Your welcome Jonathan! I've been there and I know the stress it can cause. Let your time as a bi-vocational minister be a reflection time for you. Go over it in your head and look at all the things that did and did not go well. Then use that to improve yourself for your next ministry. That's what I had to do, and I'm thankful the experience God gave at my part-time church.
  7. Being bivocational was one of the hardest things I have ever done. Just finding time to adequately prepare for ministry and minister to my own family was difficult. Thank you for bringing this up.
    • Your welcome Jonathan! I've been there and I know the stress it can cause. Let your time as a bi-vocational minister be a reflection time for you. Go over it in your head and look at all the things that did and did not go well. Then use that to improve yourself for your next ministry. That's what I had to do, and I'm thankful the experience God gave at my part-time church.
  8. Being bivocational was one of the hardest things I have ever done. Just finding time to adequately prepare for ministry and minister to my own family was difficult. Thank you for bringing this up.
  9. Thanks for this Josh...I appreciate all the conversation and help on the Facebook page more than you guys know. I am now serving in my third bi-vocational ministry position (glutton for punishment). I still struggle with feeling adequately prepared, but I do my best to get lessons prepared a week in advance and then study and allow the Holy Spirit to do His job. My biggest complaint at my church now is that I am doing it alone...I have one man who helps as best as he can, but he works strange hours sometimes. All but one of my students either attend church without their parents, or live with someone other than their parents, so pulling help from the parents is almost non-existent...I do have those two or three ladies who love to help cook and help when they can, but sometimes it just doesn't feel like enough. Thank you guys for all your help and encouragement, it truly helps!
    • I'm blessed that we can be an encouragement to you Zachary! You do the best you can with what you have, and at the end of the day, that has to be enough for you.I let the lack of help and resources define me as a failed minister, which was a terrible way to view myself. It only brought me heartache and frustration. Having a lack of help blows, but take what you can get and encourage those who give their time. If you ever need to bounce ideas off or process your church context, let me know! I would love to chat with you about it.
  10. Thanks for this Josh...I appreciate all the conversation and help on the Facebook page more than you guys know. I am now serving in my third bi-vocational ministry position (glutton for punishment). I still struggle with feeling adequately prepared, but I do my best to get lessons prepared a week in advance and then study and allow the Holy Spirit to do His job. My biggest complaint at my church now is that I am doing it alone...I have one man who helps as best as he can, but he works strange hours sometimes. All but one of my students either attend church without their parents, or live with someone other than their parents, so pulling help from the parents is almost non-existent...I do have those two or three ladies who love to help cook and help when they can, but sometimes it just doesn't feel like enough. Thank you guys for all your help and encouragement, it truly helps!
    • I'm blessed that we can be an encouragement to you Zachary! You do the best you can with what you have, and at the end of the day, that has to be enough for you.I let the lack of help and resources define me as a failed minister, which was a terrible way to view myself. It only brought me heartache and frustration. Having a lack of help blows, but take what you can get and encourage those who give their time. If you ever need to bounce ideas off or process your church context, let me know! I would love to chat with you about it.
  11. Thanks for this Josh...I appreciate all the conversation and help on the Facebook page more than you guys know. I am now serving in my third bi-vocational ministry position (glutton for punishment). I still struggle with feeling adequately prepared, but I do my best to get lessons prepared a week in advance and then study and allow the Holy Spirit to do His job. My biggest complaint at my church now is that I am doing it alone...I have one man who helps as best as he can, but he works strange hours sometimes. All but one of my students either attend church without their parents, or live with someone other than their parents, so pulling help from the parents is almost non-existent...I do have those two or three ladies who love to help cook and help when they can, but sometimes it just doesn't feel like enough. Thank you guys for all your help and encouragement, it truly helps!
    • I'm blessed that we can be an encouragement to you Zachary! You do the best you can with what you have, and at the end of the day, that has to be enough for you.I let the lack of help and resources define me as a failed minister, which was a terrible way to view myself. It only brought me heartache and frustration. Having a lack of help blows, but take what you can get and encourage those who give their time. If you ever need to bounce ideas off or process your church context, let me know! I would love to chat with you about it.
  12. My husband is a part time youth pastor... he also holds the title and responsibilities of worship arts pastor and assistant pastor WHILE working a full time job outside of the church just so we can pay bills. He has very little support from the lead pastor and I am constantly watching him become discouraged and frustrated because he is being told that he is "not doing enough" when he is trying his hardest to balance everything equally. I help as much as I can (I sing/lead worship on Sundays as well as volunteer with the youth every Sunday night and work a full time job) but sometimes I don't know what to say to encourage him. I'm watching him slowly loose his passion for youth ministry. Thank you so much for posting this series! I have been looking for something to encourage him and help him along this difficult path. Knowing that someone else has walked in his shoes will help him tremendously!

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