Have you heard about youthpastordiet.com?

I posted about my latest crazy idea late last week and the thing has taken off! It is a 90-day challenge to lose weight, and uses the Weight Loss Wars platform to guide the group with leaderboards, profiles and graphs. I’d still like another few people to join us to push the prize purse over $1,000 – right now it sits at $720 for the person who loses the most weight.

I’m fat. Why is that?
The scientific answer is that you eat too many Doritos Tacos at Taco Bell and wash it down with gargantuan handfuls of Cinnamon Twists and Mt. Dew. Actually this is just a guess, but probably not that far off.

I really want to join, but I don’t understand why it costs $30?
The idea is to keep the “not so serious” people out. This is WAR! If you don’t get it, just keep your money and your lovely spare tire.

I am so skinny I don’t need to lose weight. I want to support?
First off, thank God for your rabbit-like metabolism. Even if you are poor the rest of your life (and you will be because of the career you’ve chosen) you have been blessed more than most other humans on this planet. Secondly, cheer people on! Tell your friends, Tweet youthpastordiet.com!

I like being fat. It is part of my youth pastor persona. Do you want me to stop being funny, too?
Good point. Everyone knows fat people are funnier than skinny people and fat youth workers are better youth workers than ones who have a 26.2 sticker on the back window of their car. But I’d imagine you could be the first non-fat-and-super-funny youth worker slash comedian. Go for it.

Cash prize? Isn’t that gambling
If it makes you feel better, I (Josh) will just keep the money if you win. Wouldn’t want you to sin. I grew up in a fundamental Baptist Church, I didn’t know cards or dice existed until I was 32.

I’m not a youth worker, can I still join?
Sure! As long as you have SOME connection to youth ministry – maybe a spouse, family member or you volunteer.

What should I eat for the next 90 days?
Stop eating pretty much everything you want to eat and everything that is typically offered at any youth event or church function. Oh, and start exercising too.

I have a FAQ that isn’t listed here, what do I do?
Leave a comment below, and we’ll try to answer them!

JG

Chris Farley in Tommy Boy is the epitome of how I have felt about myself for a long time. I felt down on myself cause I struggled with who I am and where I was going in a while. I didn’t truly value myself like I should. I didn’t see my value in Christ.

Right now I am down 13lbs since I started dieting a short while ago. I realize my weight has nothing to do with my value, but it has a lot to do with how I see myself.

I started dieting about 4.5 weeks ago because I recognized a few things.
1. My weight was getting in the way of seeing Gods value in me.
2. My wife is working hard on being in the best shape of her life.
3. Youth Ministry easily leads you to eating terrible foods (pizza, chocolate bars, chips, pop, fries, burgers…oh I miss these things)
4. I was not looking so hot, unless someone looks at overweight bearded youth pastors and thinks to themselves “Oh YEAH!”

God values me as a creation of His. I am very good! He sent Jesus to die on a cross for me because He loves me exactly how I am. Whether I am my current weight or 100lbs heavier. But at the same time, God didn’t make this body so I can trash it. He made it so I can use it for his purpose, and like any tool you gotta take care of it or it doesn’t work very well.

I will be honest, I also have to take better care of myself because my wife works hard to take care of herself. My body is also partially hers, and I know she doesn’t want her part to be mostly fat. So I am working on myself as a gift to her.

As pastors and leaders in churches, we often forget about our bodies and the physical bodies of the people we call “the body of Christ”. I hope we can correct that. I hope we can start to see the body as a tool to be used for God’s glory and that we try to keep it up.

I know some people will always struggle with weight (myself included). Some of us will not have the time to hit the gym so we can look like Ryan Reynolds or Hugh Jackman, we will look a lot more like Seth Rogen or Billy Crystal. But that’s not the point! The point is we need to take strides to take care of this physical body so we can take care of the body of the church.

Kyle Corbin is a youth pastor/blogger would writes over on the Simple Ministry site. Check him out!