Youth ministry can be highly rewarding and highly discouraging…sometimes all within the span of an hour. Helicopter parents, apathetic teenagers and eye-rolling, finger-wagging church leaders can all combine to become a slow-moving vortex of depression that churns deep in the soul of the average youth leader.
So why stay in such a low-pay, high-pressure position? Why not escape to get a “real job” in ministry, a job where you are loved and respected…and where the pay is more than the typical Barista’s?
Here are 7 compelling reasons to stay in youth ministry:
1. Teenagers come to Christ quicker than adults.
According to Barna 2 out of 3 people put their faith in Jesus by the age of 18. After that, the odds go way down. In the words of my grandpa, “Get the gettin’ while the gettin’s good.” And the salvation gettin’ is good before the age of 18
2. Teenagers spread the Gospel faster than adults.
Because the average teenager has well over 400 online and face-to-face friends they have a huge (and growing) opportunity to share the Gospel like no generation before them. Generation Z, the nickname for this generation of teens, is filled with “Digital natives.” They’re called this because they’ve never known a time without digital devices and social media. And because of this they have an unprecedented opportunity to accelerate the spread of the good news through their many social media channels.
3. Teenagers are daring.
Part of the reason that teenagers get into trouble so often is that their brains are not fully developed yet! The part of the brain that signals “DANGER! DON’T DO IT!” is not fully operational. Believe it or not this reality can be an advantage when it comes to getting teenagers to live out the Cause of Christ (Matthew 28:18-20)! They will do and try things (both good and bad) that adults would never dare! So let’s use that to our advantage and mobilize them to Gospelize their world!
4. Teenagers are fast-learners.
Generation Z is a multi-tasking, fast-learning crew that loves to take in information and put it to use for causes that matter. Since there is no cause greater than the Gospel, let’s unleash them to advance it!
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Greg Stier