Stuff Youth Ministers Like #27: Teens.

If there were ever a Stuff Youth Ministers Like post that came out of the Captain Obvious Bank, it would be this one. In fact, I can hear you now:

“Of course youth ministers like teens. A Youth Minister who doesn’t like teens is like a stockbroker who doesn’t like money, a doctor who doesn’t like medicine, or a camel trainer who doesn’t like camels.”

Hmmm . . . good point. But now you’ve got me thinking. What does it take to be a camel trainer? How much does it pay? I am, after all nothing but a poor youth minister who just needs to get by.

But, I’ve never met a youth minister who didn’t like teens. It’s in the job description, and if you don’t enjoy ministering to youth, well, you may want to let your Pastor know. There’s a good chance you can find a more profitable way to support your family.

Along with Jesus, teens are our passion. Teens keep us going. And, if we’re lucky enough to be full-time youth ministers, teens are the reason we have a job. Without them we wouldn’t get our 3-figure paycheck every week so we can pay the rent, purchase some Top Ramen, and buy that new coat hanger we had our eye on to keep our muffler intact.

But all kidding aside, any youth minister must have a heart to reach out to teenagers everyday.

Whether they like it or not.

Whether they reject you or not.

Whether they acknowledge you or not.

For any youth minister, there is nothing like watching a teen come to understand God’s unconditional love for them. There is nothing like seeing a group of teens in line for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. And there is nothing like knowing that a teen who just went off to college knows that the God of the universe is truly present in the Eucharist in any Catholic Church they attend.

Teens, you are our passion. You are who we pray for. And you are the reason we get up every morning from our old and worn out mattress to go to our closet-sized offices and tape twelve straws together so we can prepare for the upcoming icebreaker.

Teens, we love you. We want the best for you. You are worth it.

Question: What’s the greatest way you’ve seen God move in hearts of your teens? (Share below.)

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