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Mission Trip- Nashville '99
- Planning, directing and executing everything related to student ministry. This usually takes no more than 80 hours a week...
- Serving as the fill-in preacher on rare scheduled occasions and every time the Senior Pastor woke up sick at 6 AM Sunday morning. No one can "wing it" quite like a Youth Pastor!
- Having office hours. These exist for 2 reasons. One, so youth (and some parents) can stop by and hang out and talk to you about things both important and unimportant. Two, so the rest of the church staff has a place to hang out and complain. My office was always the one with candy...
- Driving the church van for the senior citizens groups and women's groups of the church. Why me? Because I had logged thousands of miles in those vans without incident- and because they knew I would say yes after the Senior Pastor turned them down.
- Playing guitar & leading music during worship when the Contemporary Worship leader was sick or off interviewing at a church that was actually contemporary.
- Teaching the staff how to use word processing programs, data bases and graphic design software. In later years, building and maintaining the church website. I knew very little about computers, but "very little" made me the expert of some of those staffs.
- Make the wild, creative and envelope pushing suggestions that really rattled staff meetings- then smile as your suggestions were discarded.
- Bringing creativity to worship. I wrote and directed dramas, made videos, introduced new music and taught volunteers how to run Media Shout. And then when they didn't show up, I ran Media Shout!
- Support the Senior Pastor in his/her ministry. With some pastors this was easy. With others (like The Pastor Who Shall Not Be Named & Reverend Not-Appearing-in-this-Blog) , it was a matter of gritting your teeth and forgetting that they had just thrown you under the bus...again.
- Setting up the sound system in the Fellowship Hall for daytime events because no one else on the staff ever learned how (TIP: Stop learning how to do stuff).
- Make suggestions about making the worship service more relevant for teenagers, only to be looked at like you just suggested actually singing the 3rd verse of a hymn...
- Be the one person on staff who worked most every holiday and all summer long, because that's when students have the most available time.
- Fulfill the final line of every Youth Pastor job description- "and whatsoever other duties as determined by the Senior Pastor and the Personnel Committee." In other words, everything no one else wants to do!