Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of this post outline the most important relationships of a youth pastor. They outline a sort of general job description that has been helpful to me in planning how I use my time and energy. I try to organize everything I do by dropping each task in front of me into one of these nine relational buckets. What I love about operating this way is that I am naturally a relational person and plopping tasks into the context of relationships helps motivate and focus me. It adds a context to the task and brings a depth to the relationships.
As we write in this blog, we will categorize most posts into at least one of the nine relationships in order to help put flesh on this bare-bones description of a youth pastor’s job. In order to find articles regarding a particular important relationship of a youth pastor, we have created categories that we will organize the posts into. In the order that they were written about in this four-part post, the categories are God, Family, Church Leadership, Paid Youth Staff, Volunteers, Parents, Students, Alumni, and your Network.
It takes many things to be a great youth pastor, but strategically investing in these nine relationships and learning to categorize the tasks you have to accomplish within the context of these relationships will set you on the right road to youth ministry greatness, unlike the time I wandered around in the church van for hours on the wrong road while driving eight hyperactive sophomore boys to summer camp. It will put you on the edge of the lake of youth ministry greatness, like a kid standing on the edge of the houseboat inadvertently taunting you to push him in even though you explicitly told the kids it was forbidden; he’s going in and you know it. You will raise your hands in youth ministry victory as if you were the last man standing in an epic dodgeball game where you single-handedly vanquished the opposing foes made up mostly of varsity baseball and softball pitchers! Yes, it will be that epic. Invest in those nine relationships. Do it!
What other important relationships do you utilize in youth ministry?