There are so many things I like about this letter. But this especially gave me pause and hope.
We know conservatism; we know tradition. But we also have Twitter, we watch SNL, we listen to Macklemore, and we read Tina Fey. We’re more in touch with the rest of the country than the Midwest has ever been. Some of us love the church and some of us hate it, but there aren’t too many people for whom it’s irrelevant.
If you don’t think the internet is changing the face of the world, you would be mistaken.
Here is my top 15 things a church can do to keep their youth worker.
- Pay well. A first year youth worker in a church should earn the starting salary of a first year teacher in the area.
- Give vacations. At least 3 weeks a year and 4 Sundays.
- Give “comp time.” If they worked 50 hours one week, let them take 10 hours off the next week.
- Do not expect the spouse to work in the Youth Ministry. Your paying for 1 person.
- Sundays are work hours too.
- Overnighters should be included in comp time (including the time they’re asleep).
- Require time doing nothing but being silent, in prayer, and reading scripture. Spiritual Disciplines should be a part of the job description.
- Don’t expect to see them much in the office. They should be doing a lot of stuff away from the office. Unless the office is a spot a lot of youth come to.
- Don’t micromanage the ministry. Encourage, support, advise but give freedom.
- Give permission to fail.
- Judge the ministry based on quality of ministry not the quantity of youth.
- Invite them over for dinner.
- Watch their children so they can go out on a date.
- Make them accountable to the senior pastor not the church board.
- Be clear on expectations. Have them in writing.
(Like any blog, it doesn’t go well if it is only one sided. Please add your own to the list in the comments)