Click here for a letter written by a former youth minister who now works with youth pastors, Brian Abby from YouthMark.
I like the things that he says in the letter, but here the question:
Have you ever had "the look?" Do you now?
I know for me, often times I can feel alone on an island, as a minister. I can't talk to anyone in church because it could come back to bite me. I can't always share with others on staff; friends don't understand. I feel alone.
I have seen too many great youth ministers be beaten by the system, the church, and because they felt alone walked away from youth ministry. This brings me so much sadness to me.
I want you to know you are not alone, and I encourage you in these moments...before these moments; find other youth workers, others in your shoes and build a community you can turn to.
If you can't find anyone, contact me.
You are not alone!