I’ve FAILED as a youth pastor…
… if I put the ministry ahead of my relationship with God.
… if I put the ministry ahead of my relationship with my wife and family.
… if don’t invest in meaningful friendships outside of youth ministry and/or the church.
… if I don’t continually work to grow closer to my Creator.
… if I allow my identity to be found in my work.
… if I allow the numbers to discourage me OR make me feel good about myself.
… if I become jaded toward the church because of envy or pride.
… if I allow people’s view of me get in the way of God’s view of me.
… if I allow how the church/leadership values me to define my worth.
… if I am not a disciple AND a disciple maker.
… if I constantly look beyond student ministry toward “the next big thing.”
… if students feel like numbers and not individuals.
… if the work I’m doing “for” God doesn’t align with God’s desire for me or the ministry.
I’m sure there are others we need to be aware of as pastors/leaders/volunteers. Any others that come to mind?