What is C+ ministry

It is a humbling thing to gather with other youth workers. And the larger the gathering, the more humbling the experience. This is because most of the time we are living in our little world.  In this context, we are on top, the best at what we do. We have several dozen students that we work with who count on us, whom we are called to walk through this crazy season of life with.

While I have my several dozen students and you have your several dozen students, there are still more then 10,000 other youth workers also working with their several dozen students.  Among our thousands and thousands of colleagues, we realize that we are average, in the middle.  We are not the main stage speaker or the mega-church youth pastor, and we are not the slacker who only plays video games and keeps a sloppy office.

We are the great middle of our profession.  The people who love students and want them to love Jesus.  The people who faithfully give our lives year in and year out to this calling.  Our talks are average, our games are average, and our jokes are probably below average.  But to the specific students we are called, we are invaluable to them and their spiritual and emotional development!

Youth ministry is not a ladder to climb but rather it is developing a web of colleagues who love working with students. This is a vital calling because we are not called to get to the top or to be the best in our industry. We are called to pour our lives into specific students in our specific context.

This blog is about accepting that there isn’t a top in student ministry. It is about being uniquely you and living into the unique calling in the unique context with your unique gifts and history. And since there are a ton of quality youth workers out there, why not settle in and enjoy that we are among friends.  Be satisfied with doing average youth ministry.

Being average isn’t an excuse to be sloppy or unintentional. It is a reminder that we are called to servant leadership, called to be only a part of the body, usually a more common part of the body. Instead of living with angst because we aren’t in a position of power or notoriety, we join together with our fellow average and common youth workers to faithfully live out or special and unique calling.

8 responses to What is C+ ministry

  1. You are either ordinary with a little something special – or special with a little something ordinary – but definitely way above average!

  2. I think this is great stuff, Ben. Not to elevate you or anything. ;)

  3. I am right there with you Ben, with my average ministry, glad we are on the same team!

  4. Love it! Thanks Ben. : )

  5. Just found your blog, was immediately attracted by the title. Love your perspective and proud to say I am a C+ youth pastor! Looking forward to following you.

  6. What a great mind set to have. I am a young adult that has been working in youth ministry since my age would allow and hope to make a career or maybe more so a lifestyle of it. I really enjoyed this post. It made me reflect on how much God is what makes things great, that we are just His tools. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Jennifer Velazquez February 4, 2013 at 11:49 am

    I am a youth counselor for this past year and I love it. I am in college for the first time and came in thinking elementary education. I want to stay somewhere in youth ministries but would also still like to have degree that can be utilized and helpful any suggestions?

  8. I am adding a link to your page from my website (www.iamayouthpastor.com). This is not meant to promote my website, but my site is aimed at youth pastors who are wanting to share ideas. You are so right. Youth pastors are many times wrapped up in their own little world. Thank you for your passion.

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