Quick poll question today about youth workers and weight. Obviously inspired by youthpastordiet.com – which by the way has just announced some amazing prizes if you want to get in and sign up today. Be sure to vote in today’s poll either way!

PLACE IN THE TOP #3
Each receive a portion of the $1,000+ cash prize
NOTE: this is done through Weight Loss Wars at the end of the competition!

GRAND PRIZE

25lbs. of SimplyYouthMinistry.com Resources + ALL Live Curriculum lines + registration for SYMC 2014
+ dinner with Josh Griffin & SYM peeps at the conference

2nd PLACE

25lbs. of SimplyYouthMinistry.com resources + ALL Live Curriculum lines

3rd PLACE

25lbs. of SimplyYouthMinistry.com resources

EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATES
Will also get a special prize at the end of the competition as well!

JG

OK … here’s the deal. I need to take my health more seriously! My son (9 years old) recently read a recent guest post on the site called The Youth Pastor Diet and said he wanted to become a youth pastor so he could only eat junk food like dad. After laughing and telling him “no” I realized I need to make a change.

Maybe you do, too: this picture of the Youth Pastor Diet from Group Magazine a few months back isn’t too far off from my actual diet.

So tomorrow that all changes. I picked up the domain name YouthPastorDiet.com and am going to challenge you to a Weight Loss War from December 1, 2012 until the Simply Youth Ministry Conference (March 1, 2013). Lots to play for – here’s the scoop:

  • Become a member on WeightLossWars.com ($10 – goes to them)
  • Join the Youth Pastor Diet Competition ($20 – pooled together for the Top 3 losers)
  • Lose weight! Anything short of medical procedures goes
  • Track your progress weekly on the site
  • Most lbs down wins (there isn’t an option for percentage, sorry)
  • HUGE prize announcements Monday morning

So you basically have to put up $30 to get in – but it could change your life. Who’s in?

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!