May 3, 2012 by Daniel Beckworth
“Lazy” and “Youth Pastor” should not be in the same sentence. Personally speaking, I am slammed most days. There is always something new that comes up that needs my attention. Between planning four or more lessons per week, contacting students, organizing a mission trip to Africa, planning a summer retreat, I have little time to play around. And that doesn’t even cover all of my duties. The same can be said of the majority of youth pastors out there. We are slammed. There is always another project that we would like to take on, but there just isn’t enough time in the day to do it.
And then there are the guys who give us all a bad wrap. They’re the guys who spend all their time watching YouTube videos and playing Farmville on Facebook. Their lessons are terrible because they never study. Trips are a nightmare because they didn’t take the time to plan out every detail. But they sure are great at playing XBOX with the kids. What a joke.
After a few years in youth ministry, I’ve come to realize that this is actually one of the most frustrating and time consuming jobs I could have ever imagined. We’re trying to reveal the truth of God’s Word to the most uncommitted age group on the planet…….teenagers! And have you ever been on a summer retreat? It’s chaos! You’ve taken fifty teenagers out of town for the week! What are you thinking?!?! Something bad is bound to happen! Try organizing that trip. Try dealing the heartaches and pains that teenagers constantly bring to the table. The struggles of being a teen and the temptations of high school are overwhelming and kids run to their youth pastors for answers.
I’m not trying to toot my own horn. I love my job. It doesn’t seem like work most of the time because of the passion I have for what I do. I just cannot stand lazy guys who think youth ministry is an easy job that allows them to finally be cool in front of a crowd (forget that the crowd consist of middle schoolers). Ministry, on all levels, is hard work. There are few jobs on this planet that are more stressful. If you’re lazy, find a new career. If you aren’t committed, find a new career. This is hard work. If you want to play games, buy a subscription to XBOX Live and stay in your parent’s basement playing online. We encounter people at one of the most impressionable times of their lives and they need committed men who are willing to step up.
PS- This is an angry blog. I’m sorry if you read this article looking for a “pick-me-up!”