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Youth Ministry Hats

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My friend Tony and I have an idea - and here's a little white board discussion we had after the normal work day was over. We were talking about the hats of a youth pastor, and came up with these (see image above, click it for full size). Can you think of more hats that a youth worker wears on a regular basis? If you would rather just see a list, here's what we've come up with so far:
Comment us some more if you would, maybe there's a new project/resource in there somewhere ...


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At 5/30/2007, Blogger Matthew McNutt said...

Janitor. EMT. Negotiator. Mediator. Bus driver. Event planner. Counselor. Theologian. Administrator. Video gamer (okay ... that's just one I tell people I have to be to justify my own addiction ...).

At 5/30/2007, Blogger Mark Artrip said...

I think you put the leg work into what I wish I could say to people all the time when they ask what I do al day:)
I think you really hit the nail on the head when you said publicist. I feel like I spend half of my time doing graphic design for some reason or another.

At 5/30/2007, Blogger Nick said...

CFO - Budget Planning, Fund-raising, Budget Maneuvering, Answering for funds...

"Do Boy or Girl" - The small print in all Youth Pastor job descriptions, "whatever else the Pastor or church deems necessary!"

Builder/Mr. Fix-it - Youth room remodeling, Painting, odds and ends that need repair with in the student ministry and church.

At 5/30/2007, Blogger Jeff Smith said...

What about Mom & Dad,teacher, driver, party planner, babysitter, goat, ummmmmm the list could go on - but I love my job!

At 5/30/2007, Blogger Jason Sansbury said...

Public Relations
Management (volunteers, interns, etc.)
Building Maintenance
Auto mechanic (church vans require it!)
Fundraising Guru
Great idea. It would make a good little book for hints on how to handle each different hats.

At 5/31/2007, Blogger Chris Day said...

Creative Developer
Worship Leader
Spiritual Formation Leader

At 5/31/2007, Blogger Joshua Griffin said...

these are great - keep 'em coming!


At 5/31/2007, Blogger Leigh Sarti said...

Your whiteboard looks like a map with all the different Dharma Initiative stations on it.

At 5/31/2007, Blogger Joshua Griffin said...

Brilliant. JG

At 5/31/2007, Blogger Sumyongi said...

Our college went through a bit of research on this. We wanted to come up with as little main topics as possible, and then have sub-topics come from those... Here are our main topics...
Instructional Leader
Care Action Minister

there's a good 12 or so sub-catagories underneath each one of those 6 main topics that range from being a needs assesor, networker, to evangelist.

I can share the rest, but don't want to use the time if nobody is interested. This is good helpful stuff though. Thanks!

At 5/31/2007, Blogger Nick said...

Alien - Weird, Stranger to new students, Speak a different language, live in different worlds.

Referee - Maintaining ministry atmosphere, dealing with conflict, keeping control.

Parental Figure - Students from broken homes, Students who have lost parents, etc.

At 5/31/2007, Blogger Joshua Griffin said...

Oh yeah, send the rest - this is GREAT! JG

At 5/31/2007, Blogger Nick said...

Bodyguard/Protector - Uplift students in prayer, concerned for students well being, steer students from harms way.
...I agree about the book, you should get it started!!!

At 5/31/2007, Blogger cdwalker247 said...


A Youth Pastor should be made of steel, indestructible, and have the strength to power through anything.

Watch out for the Kryptonite.

I like Batman better, but you get the idea.


At 5/31/2007, Blogger Chris Day said...

big-brother/ big-sister
surrogate parent
enabler - to follow Christ

At 5/31/2007, Blogger Sumyongi said...

- Faith Facilitator
- Life Span Focus
- Developmental Perspective
- Intergenerational
- Curriculum Developer
- Educational Technologist
- Topic/Devotional Leader
- Resource Identifier

Instructional Leader:
- Needs Assesor
- Goal Setter
- Content Competent
- Method Competent
- Classroom Manager
- Evaluator

- Volunteer Coordinator: Equipper, Supervisor, Motivator
- Coach
- Time Manager
- Networker
- Initiator/Planner
- Organizer/Coordinator
- Promoter/PR Writer
- Budget Developer/Monitor
- Personal Office Manager
- Board/Commitee Member
- Agenda Setter/Meeting Planner

Care Action Minister:
- Listener
- Home and Hospital Visitor
- Community Focus
- Witness/Evangelist
- Team Member
- Referrer of Services (Counseling, Support/Recovery, Groups)
- Former of Community

- Change Agent
- Conflict Resolution Facilitator
- Diagnostician
- Group Process Facilitator
- Church-At-Large Resource

- Identifier of Problems
- Gatherer of Data
- Analyzer of Data
- Writer
- Disseminator of Results
- Technologically Competent

All these kind of make the job seem boring... or makes it sound like it should simply say "Superman" like the above comment. I use it as an evaluation tool for me every year of my ministry, and it pushes me hard to achieve it. Peace.


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