In the latest email from Simply Youth Ministry there is a fantastic article by Josh Pease on being a 20 something in youth ministry. I read it, and then read it again, seeing so many different things I could take from the article. Very challenging, very thought provoking, here is a bit from the start:
I don’t know why they hired me. I was an over-confident, 23-year-old college grad with a pretty impressive resume, well impressive for someone going into journalism or political science. The “they” was a growing church in Texas that was running over 2,000 people on Sundays that needed an associate student pastor.I had next-to-no experience in student ministry, but less than a month after I graduated from college, I found myself sitting in my own office, with my own nameplate, collecting a very generous salary. I should have been overwhelmed with gratitude. I should have been humbled by the church’s faith in me.Nope.However, I did get in an argument … with the senior pastor … over one of my radical, “change everything” ideas … in front of the entire staff … at my very first staff retreat.Hi, my name’s Josh, and I’m an idiot.