What All To Know Before You Choose To Work As A Pastor?
Pastor Steve Munsey is the Senior Pastor of the Family Christian Center in Munster, Indiana. His church has a congregation of members and is growing daily.
There are always churches hiring for youth pastor jobs. Churches recognize that the youth of the church are the country's future, which means the church needs to put a lot of emphasis on reaching out to the youth in the community. Statistics show that many of the children in the congregation are falling away from the church when they become adults. The American church is aging, but the youth ministry department is the key to raising our next generation of leaders for Christ.
If you are looking for youth pastor jobs, there are specific questions you need to ask in the interview process.
1. Is this a paying position?
Some churches want youth pastors but cannot afford to pay a youth director. They will post ads for ministry positions, but they may not afford to pay you. If you are looking for a youth ministry position, do not assume that the positions you are applying for are paid posts. Always ask if this is a paid ministry position.
According to Pastor Steve Munsey, many churches hire youth pastors to be part-time youth ministers. Make sure you know upfront if the church you are interviewing with is looking for a part-time youth minister or full-time youth pastor. If you agree to work for a church as a youth director working part-time, then make sure you are genuinely only working part-time. Many part-time youth ministry positions turn into full-time employment!
2. Is there a budget for youth ministry events?
Times are tough right now. The economic recession has caused many churches to trim back the budget in many ministries, and the youth ministry is no exception. Ask about the funding for youth ministry events and outreaches. If you accept a ministry position but don't have a youth ministry budget, you will be spending a lot of time fundraising and coming up with the money to do the things you want to do in youth ministry.
3. What is the status of the youth ministry now?
It would be best if you had an idea of where the youth ministry is today. Are you starting a new church, or is the ministry already established? What happened to the prior youth director? Statistics show that most youth ministers only stay for a few years, so, likely, you won't be the first youth director at the church. Youth pastor jobs are always available as most positions change hands every few years.
4. What will my responsibilities include?
This is a fundamental question to ask before you get hired! Are you responsible for just the youth group, or are you supposed to head up the children's ministry and young adults ministry too? Do not assume that your responsibilities will be the same as those in the last church you attended. Responsibilities in youth pastor jobs are very different between the different churches and denominations.
5. How much authority will you have to make decisions regarding the youth ministry?
Will you have to get everything approved by the Senior Pastor, or will you have free reign to make most of your decisions on your own? You need to know how much flexibility you will have over the youth ministry in the church. Some youth pastor jobs will give you much flexibility in your decisions, but other senior pastors like to be more involved in the youth ministry.
These are the five most important questions to ask as you interview youth pastor jobs. If the church is thinking about making you an offer, make sure you attend a church service there before accepting the offer to become the youth pastor. Above all else, spend time in prayer with the Lord before you get any offers of employment!
Pastor Steve Munsey is the Senior Pastor of the Family Christian Center in Munster, Indiana. His church has a congregation of 18,000 members and is growing daily.Steve Munsey began telling stories and recreating dramatic events in children's ministry as a teenager. He tackled the greatest challenge of holding a child's attention long enough to teach a principle, and his strategy was to reach into his creativity for anything and everything he could use to dazzle his young crowd. He certainly learned how to captivate an audience.