I've heard many a horror story about the garbage youth pastors put up with from churches around the country. Some have senior pastors who don't acknowledge their existence, others are overworked, and most don't get paid well. And, from the stories we hear, this seems to be the norm.
But what about the other side of the story? What about those youth pastors who have a healthy relationship with the senior pastor, who aren't overworked, and who get paid fairly? Could they possibly exist?
How do I know?
Because I am one of them.
On top of a good working relationship I also have a friendship with the senior pastor at my church. I am certainly very busy but not overworked. And I am compensated competitively, relative to my education and experience.
I share this, not to brag, but to let you all know that good, healthy churches do exist, where youth pastors are loved and encouraged in ministry. I know I am extremely blessed and I know my situation is not common...but how pathetic is that?!
How are we supposed to minister the Gospel to people when we can't even get along in the office?
NEWS FLASH: we are in this TOGETHER. Youth pastors are not disposable and senior pastors are not the top of 'the ladder'. We are all part of a team, working together to share the Gospel to people of all ages.
Its about time churches in America figured this out.
What has been your experience with pastoral relationships at your church?