Retro Post: Why are kids pastors so lame?

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I want to attempt to answer my own question, Why do most young people going into the ministry want to be youth pastors? But first a couple of your responses.

From jonathancliff.com He had lots of other great thoughts check out his whole post here.

Why most Children’s Pastors wanted to be youth pastors?
Because it’s when we’re teenagers or college students that we really start trying to live out our Christian walk; and the first ‘church’ relationship we ever had was with our Youth pastor. Therefore, making the youth pastor role the coolest one we’ve ever known! On a side note… it could also be that children’s ministry leaves a bad memory for many…

Sarah Thompson had the following to say on her blog.

Did I see that excitement and passion in Sunday School? Nope! Did I see it at Youth Group? Absolutely! Youth Group is where the action happened. It’s where I saw God turn up.

Reasons why do most young people want to be youth pastors and not children’s pastors

1. Teens are more social and youth groups have become more small group socially connected in and out of church.
2. Teens are thinking more about the future and what they want to be is by in large decided more in High School than elementary school.
3. More churches value youth ministry and more time and energy are put into that age demographic
4. College’s and Seminaries have many ministry tracts focused on Teen ministry and very few focusing on ministry to kids.
5. Most kids have a negative or neutral children’s church experience.
6. Youth pastors are just to cool. They are our youth pastor is no exception up on culture, fashion and are typically great communicators.
7. Teens think to be a youth pastor you have to be a retired female teacher or ex-christian school male principle.

What can we do solve this problem.

1. Start off by doing what we can do.
2. Focus on the power of the Holy Spirit and the power of relationships with others.
3. Have small group leaders that take ownership beyond sunday morning.
4. Make every sunday powerful, exciting, different, and FUN.
5. Push the value of kids in every forum God give you.
6. Recognize the gifts and callings God has given kids in your ministry and help the parents develop those gifts at home and in the context of church.
7. Take fashion and culture advise from your local youth pastor. Just kidding sort of.

I would like to add that for me one way I know I am doing my job is when kids that grew up in my ministry that thrive in the youth ministry. I rejoice because I know I had a small part in seeing that kid become whoever God has for them. I truly believe that youth and children’s ministry are inseparable.

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2 thoughts on “Retro Post: Why are kids pastors so lame?

  1. I've been having a terrible time in Children's Church lately. They kids are disruptive, aren't paying attention, aren't getting the point of the lesson, etc. I went home thinking… okay, I'll do assigned seats, we'll move out of the gym, we'll do a review before and after. Then I realized… actually, these lessons are lame. They are way too abstract for the kids — no wonder they can't pay attention!

    This week, we did skits and I really hyped it up with a "game show host" voice and offered the kids a chance to voice their opinions. Made a big difference!

  2. I’ve been having a terrible time in Children’s Church lately. They kids are disruptive, aren’t paying attention, aren’t getting the point of the lesson, etc. I went home thinking… okay, I’ll do assigned seats, we’ll move out of the gym, we’ll do a review before and after. Then I realized… actually, these lessons are lame. They are way too abstract for the kids — no wonder they can’t pay attention!

    This week, we did skits and I really hyped it up with a “game show host” voice and offered the kids a chance to voice their opinions. Made a big difference!