A vocation in youth ministry is a dream for many Christians looking to work in the church. It can be both fun and exciting, and it provides an opportunity to live out the very fellowship and discipleship that the Lord calls us to. What more could you ask for?
As rewarding as a vocation in youth ministry may be, it is important to understand yourself, the vocation and its mission. This will allow you to truly determine whether or not it is right for you. Here are three things to think about when considering a vocation in youth ministry:
Are You Fit for the Vocation?
When thinking about a vocation in youth ministry, it is important to take an honest look at yourself and your personality type and ask, “Am I fit for the job?” Some characteristics of an effective youth leader include being a good communicator, loving, patient and a source of knowledge pertaining to God’s Word.
Youth ministry is fun, and it provides a foundation for teenagers to build a relationship with the Lord. However, with this role comes a lot of responsibility. This vocation is demanding and carries weight within a church, so it must be treasured and taken seriously.
What Does the Vocation Entail?
Youth ministry is all about creating a balance between fun activities and teaching adolescents more about God. In this vocation, you may find yourself lending a listening ear to students, giving advice, pointing them to the Lord and planning weekly gatherings and retreats.
The fun, games and glamorous side of this vocation often overshadows the planning, organizing and detail that is required. For those who are up to the challenge and truly understand all that youth ministry entails, it is a satisfying and purposeful vocation.
Do You Understand the Mission?
The ultimate goal of youth ministry is to encourage young people in their faith. “Youth” usually refers to students ranging from 12 to 18 years old, and these are incredibly impressionable ages. Each student brings their own hardships, insecurities and questions to the table, and they often rely on their youth leaders and look to them as role models. Some students may even find a safe haven in their youth ministry or youth group.
Essentially, youth ministry provides a place for teenagers to be themselves and exercise their freedom to learn more about God and who He is. If you feel called to youth ministry, it will be one of the most challenging and rewarding things you will ever experience!
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Written by Quin Jackson, a sophomore earning an advertising and public relations degree at GCU.
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University.