Stuff Youth Ministers Like #32: Using Their Car as an Office

I don’t know if I’m alone, but when I was a youth minister, I had a really, really, small office. No joke.

My office was so small I could’ve dropkicked it through a set of goal posts.

My office was so small I almost stepped on it while walking down the hallway.

My office was so small I used a Kleenex for wall-to-wall carpeting.

Seriously! I could barely get myself in the door let alone all those supplies before retreat. What’s a youth minister to do?

Praise God for my car! And even though it was held together with a couple clothespins and some paperclips, it served as a great mobile storage unit. Where else was I supposed to keep those buckets of Red Vines before the big Fall Kickoff? And while towing around ten boxes of Bibles for Confirmation Candidates in my trunk for two months didn’t do much for my miles per gallon, it was just more convenient.

I spent so much time in my car driving to all the different productions of “Grease” it just seemed right to use it as my office. My thought was, “Toss a laptop in there and I’ll sit in the parking lot of a Starbucks when I need to send a few emails or do some relational ministry on Facebook.” Talk about saving the parish money!

Instead, I got the big clunky desktop that takes four and a half days to boot up. At least it was a good deal on Craigslist. But all was not lost. Using my car as a second office may have had its ups and downs, but it led to one of the best comebacks ever in the history of parish ministry:

Staff Member: “Do you still work here? You’re never in your office?”

Me: “What are you talking about? I was driving around in it yesterday.”

Question: What’s the most unique thing about your Youth Ministry office? (Share below.)

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