Thoughts on becoming the youth pastor at your home church

thoughts on becoming the youth pastor at your home church blog postWhen I graduated Bible College, I became the youth pastor at my home church. I grew up in the church since I was 5 years of age, and now as a 21-year-old young man who just graduated from Bible College, I would become the youth pastor at that church.  This happens regularly, and I want to give you a few things that I learned through that process of my life:

  • Think about the Progress you already have– Okay, if I had of went to a brand new church, it would have taken me a while to learn everyone. No, I went to a church where I already knew many of the families there. Going to your home church gives you an incredible head start than going to a brand new church.
  • Do not let people take advantage of you– This is very difficult, but be very cautious. I do not think people do this intentionally, but sometimes unintentionally. Be strong in your leadership, and just because people have known you for a long time does not give anyone the right to overstep bounds of the leadership position that you are in.
  • Trust your Position– You will get the “I remember when you were this old” kind of comments a lot. You will hear many stories of the stupid things that you did as a child. Face it, it will happen to you, but be firm in your position. God placed you there, and you can trust your position. If you trust what the people think of you, you are in trouble, but rather place your trust in God and His placing you into the position that He has you in.

Published by Josh Evans

Josh is the connections pastor of the Oakleaf campus of Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL. Before that, Josh had been a mentor and pastor to students for 10 years. Josh is passionate about empowering church leaders to make a difference. Josh and his wife Abby have two children. You can connect further with Josh on this blog or send him a direct email at

3 thoughts on “Thoughts on becoming the youth pastor at your home church

  1. Great Post Josh. My first pastorate positions was at my home church that I attended from 9 until 31. If I may add to the conversation I would say get a clear understanding of the desired ministry from the leadership. When I became the youth pastor I thought I knew what kind of youth ministry was needed for our area but I soon found out it was not the desired type of ministry wanted within the confindes of my church. Several years of work, tears and broken relationships could h e been saved with a better understanding before I started. God bless boss.

    Larry D. Williams

    1. Larry, thanks for the message. I understand the challenges that come with being a youth pastor at your home church. Thanks for the reminders and the help for the readers.


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