In this episode, Tony Myles sheds light on youth ministry from the unique perspective of a pastor. After sitting in both the Youth Pastor and Lead Pastor role, he brings an understanding of how each can complement and strengthen the ministry of the other.
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Senior Pastor talks about Youth Ministry: Big Takeaways
- Why the focus of the book:
- Prideful as a young leader
- Felt a draw toward more than just Youth ministry after having been challenged with pride
- Lessons from Nehemiah:
- Focus on your own relationship with God
- Have a relationship with your church
- Then, you can step into ministry
- Unique Perspective from Senior Pastor
- Pastors just want Youth Pastors “to do their job”
- Youth Pastors want entitlements but not all the responsibility
- Question: are you here because you want to say something, or because you have something to say?
- Immaturity in regard to students, but sincere maturity with regard to senior leadership and church staff
- Alpha personality vs. Beta personality
- Different work schedule… being around the office and present
- Student Leadership
- “The Squad” is a model where you take students and ask for their feedback on what student is like and how to improve it
- You don’t have to use the word “Leadership”
- Create a safe space for them to grow and be challenged and build community
- From this, allow them to start owning the ministry and the tasks that fit their strengths
- “That sounds like that would really bless you guys. Who else do you think that would bless?”
- Today’s Youth Ministry Culture
- Create unique experiences
- Be personal
- Make sure it’s working for the community you are in
- Get the “If, What If” book
- Get students together for convos (Squad origin)
- The Miracles of Jesus devo with students
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