I get to work alongside many youth pastors so I get a sneak peek into their youth ministry systems and programs. I bump up against a lot of healthy and unhealthy youth ministries. Over the past 2 years, I have been jotting down notes while identifying key patterns that reflect healthy habits youth pastor do.
When I say “healthy youth pastor” I am not talking about the actual physical health and well being of the youth pastor (which still is really important — you can read 2 posts I wrote about that here: Longevity of Youth Pastors and here: Youth Pastor Physical Care ). Rather I am talking about what youth pastors do in order to have healthy youth ministries.
Here are 10 things youth pastors do to develop health in their youth groups:
– They get a coach. Get constant, consistent critique from coaches who love and care for you not only as a youth pastor but also for your ministry. You have to enlist mentors and coaches to help you get to where you want to be. At some point in your youth ministry career you will hit a ceiling. Ministry coaches make ministry leaders see what they can be rather than what they are. Coaches are an objective 3rd party who will bring a honest view which will keep that nasty youth pastor ego in check. The great thing about coaches is that they ask a lot of challenging questions and let the youth pastor come up with the answer. Coaches provide health. All the top level leaders and athletes have coaches. Why? Health breeds health.
Jeremy Zach easily gets dissatisfied with status quo. He reeks with passion and boredom is not in his vocabulary. He becomes wide awake when connecting with student pastors, thinking and writing about student ministry, experimenting with online technology, and working out. He is married to Mikaela and has two calico cats, Stella and Laguna. He lives in Alpharetta, Georgia and is a XP3 Orange Specialist for Orange—a division of the REthink Group. Zach holds a Communication degree from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities and Masters of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary.