The Middle Years Ministry

THE MIDDLE YEARS MINISTRY is a Site Dedicated to Providing Resources, Ideas, and Help to Next Generation Pastors, Leader, Directors, Teachers, Mentors. Our goal is to MEET YOU in the MIDDLE in the Middle Years
, the Pivotal 5th-9th Grade Years. The middle ground between children’s ministry and high school ministry. The age where 85% of people make their final life-long faith decisions.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Top 10: I Think it is REAL Funny As Youth Pastor When...

10. Adults Go From Swearing to Using "Christian-ese" When They Hear “Pastor" In Front of Your Name? (Yes, That Was a Truly Blessed Call By the Ref)

9.  My 8th Grade Daughter’s Friends Come to “Jenna’s Dad’s Youth Group?”  (hey, we are new, is this where Jenna goes to youth group...

8.  When People at Church Didn’t Know The Church Had a Youth Pastor, I Work There and the Church Had a Youth Ministry.  (“...Actually, there are 2 youth pastors... yes, both of us are full-time...I have been here a while...No, this is my only job...) 

7. I Run into People That I Haven’t Seen In Church/Youth Group in 6 Months! (secret: sometimes, I see you first and I make a point to “run into you” just to see the reactions) 

6. Calling a 5th-8th Grade Female Student's House and Her Parent's Freak Out, Because There is a Deep Voiced Man Calling? (Who are you? How do you know our daughter? Did she meet you online?)

5. I Call a Male Student's House and Parent Freak Out, Because They Think Their Son Is in Trouble? (What did he do? Why are you calling? No, seriously you can't just be calling, he had to have done something...)

4. Student's Parents See Me Out at the Grocery Store, and They Try to Sneak a Peek in my Grocery Cart? (yep- devil dogs, deviled eggs, and devil's food cake!!)

3. People Come to Our House and Are Surprised It Doesn't Look Like a Youth Room? (couple old couches, a broken foosball table, and some old autographed posters of The Newsboys.  We also survive on leftover pizza and Mt. Dew?) 

2. People Act All Shocked and Confused When They Find Out My Age AND...How Long I Have Been Doing Youth Ministry?  (is that a good thing or a bad thing...not sure? I’ll take it as a compliment that I look young...yes I use “Oil of Delay”)

1. People’s Reactions When I Tell Them I am a "Youth Pastor" and Then Have to Explain What That is? (*real question-"so you are kind of life a priest or rabbi just for teenagers at your kind of church?")

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