There’s often a stereotype attached to youth ministers. They tend to be younger, less organized, they’re addicted to energy drinks, they wake up at the crack of noon, their hair is long, they rock a beard, and they don’t know what they want to be if they grow up.
But here’s the shocking news, that guy whose office smells funny and who never returns a call but texts back instantly could be your successor. The large study I just finished on SBC associate pastors turned up a surprising finding - the most likely place the next generation’s lead pastors are is in youth ministry. More than any other single-focus associate-level description, youth ministers responded the most to the question “Do you aspire to one day become a lead pastor?” Of the 109 out of 463 who answered they wanted to be a lead pastor, 44 of them were youth ministers. It would seem, from the data collected, that this position is serving as a preparatory phase for the next generation’s lead pastors.
I’m really not sure why this is, and I’d love to know what input you might have to know why. So take advantage of the comments section at the end and let’s continue this discussion!
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Scott M. Douglas
A blog about leadership and the lasting legacy of family ministry.