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Being A Youth Ministry Renaissance Man / Woman

Geoff Stewart —  January 9, 2013 — 4 Comments

I don’t know what is harder about working in ministry, staying informed on what is going on in the lives of our students or keeping up with the expertise in the many field required to keep the ministry going. For any youth group in any size church you are by all intents and purposes running your own small church and for most of us, that means that we have to fill the roles of each person on a regular staff of a church and that can be daunting. Being good at a few things is easy, but being good at dozens of important jobs can be overwhelming and off the top of my head here is a list of regular parts of many youth workers jobs:

  • Pastor
  • Cousellor
  • Mentor
  • Coach
  • Photographer
  • Logistics coordinator
  • Videographer / Video Editor
  • Sound tech
  • Musician
  • Graphic Designer
  • Accountant
  • Handyman
  • Bus Driver
  • Activity Coordinator
  • Public Speaker
  • Camp Director
  • Web Designer
  • Carpenter
  • Chef
  • Janitor
  • Theologin
  • Secretary
  • Marketing Director
  • Any many more…….

My brain hurts thinking about it, but for each of us we are faced with the reality of needing to wear many hats and be talented or at least competent in each of them. When you look at your ministry area are there any that we missed, any other jobs that you do? 

-Geoff @geoffcstewart

Geoff Stewart

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4 responses to Being A Youth Ministry Renaissance Man / Woman

  1. Only other one I would add in is..Web Developers

  2. Great post and list Geoff.
    I’d add:

    Missions coordinator
    Team Leader
    IT Guy
    and my personal favorite: Scapegoat

  3. Researcher/Sociologist of youth culture. Knowing our cultural context–its systems, structures, and values–are critical in youth ministry.

  4. Teacher
    Curriculum developer / Lesson planner
    EMT

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