I talk to youth leaders across the country, many of whom feel like their pastors are not fully behind their youth ministry efforts. Speaking as a former church planter and preaching pastor, here are a few tips that will help get your Sr. Pastor on board with you and your youth ministry:
1. Pray for your pastor.
God has given you spiritual leaders at your church who are under a tremendous amount of pressure. Pray for them.
Pastors can be suffering secret spiritual attacks that nobody is aware of and they need the people they work for and the staff they work with holding them up in prayer on a consistent basis. Even the great Apostle Paul asked the Ephesian believers to pray for him to have boldness as he shared the Gospel. He wrote, “Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should”Ephesians 6:19,20.
Paul is admitting to the Ephesians that he struggled with nervousness and fear before he preached and needed them to hold him up in prayer. We should do the same for our pastors.
2. Build a youth ministry program worth getting on board with philosophically.
Sometimes pastors aren’t on board with their youth leaders because they don’t buy off on their philosophy of ministry. For many pastors youth ministry can seem like a sweaty mixture of games, goofiness and God talks.
Share with your pastor a vision for reaching every teenager in your community. Let your pastor hear, see and sense your passsion for helping every teenager in your group grow deep in Christ and go wide with his message. Then show them the programs you are building that match this compelling vision. Check out gospeladvancing.com for help with this.
When pastors see that you have a serious plan to transform the teenagers under your care and the teenagers in your community, many will come on board in ways you could never imagine. Games and goofiness are fine and fun, but there’s nothing more fun than making disciples before and after that dodge ball game.
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Dare2Share.org, Greg Stier