Things Youth Leaders Need to be Okay With

If you’re thinking about working in Student Ministries, there are a couple of things that you need to be okay with. If you’re already hanging with students, this list might look a little familiar. And as a youth leader, if you’re not okay with these things (and others), you might want to try an internship at Dunder Mifflin or Initech (Bonus points for tv/movie references) . Let’s check out this less than comprehensive list.

– Awkard conversations with students where you say everything and they say nothing

– Having  a year of awkward conversations and then having that student open up because you didn’t give up on them

– Waiting forever for students to get picked up after an event

– Getting to chat with students about how their life is going while they wait to get picked up after an event

– Watching students make bad choices

– Watching students make wise choices

– Barely anybody showing up for an event that took months to plan

– Having TONS of students show up for an event where you’re not sure if you’ll get more than 5

– Eating pizza at every event and eating all the leftover pizza from that event that took months to plan that hardly anybody showed up for

– Never leaving your work at work

– Seeing students not using their God-given gifts

– Seeing students using their God-given gifts

– Seeing students and families light up with gratitude when you show up to their event/game/program

– Watching adult leaders develop hearts for students

– Meeting students’ friends that they’ve been praying for and finally had enough courage to invite/bring them to church

– Going to THE fair (this is a Wayne County one)

– Having a front row seat for what God is doing in the hearts of students

Just like anything, youth leaders have their ups and downs. But the ups FAR outweigh the inevitable downs. And the last one I listed makes it all worth it. Any youth leaders have any to add? Feel free to drop them in the comments. One rule: if you post a “down”, you have to also post an “up.”

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3 responses to “Things Youth Leaders Need to be Okay With

  1. Carlin

    sounds like a love hate situation lol

  2. And leaders are not born, they are engineered and develop.

  3. Spending countless hours on Facebook chatting with students, But having them open up like they never have before!

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