Thought we’d go a little more light-hearted today. Inspired by a post from Michael Ray on the FOCUS – Apostolic Student Pastors Network on Facebook…hope you enjoy!

You know you’re a student pastor when…

  • You’ve spent at least a third of your adult life in a church van
  • You’ve had to wash peanut butter and smashed marshmallows out of the Youth Room carpet
  • You’ve bought an absurd amount of baby food jars…and you don’t have any kids
  • You can make an illustration out of anything; I mean, literally, ANYTHING
  • You wake up to a yard full of toilet paper and you’re more proud than upset
  • You’ve entertained a group of Jr. High guys for hours with nothing more than a beach ball
  • Your students play your video games more than you do
  • Your wife reminds you multiple times in public that you’re NOT 15 anymore
  • At least 3 sentences a week start with “Dude, wouldn’t it be cool if…”
  • You have the menus for Pizza Hut, Domino’s, and Papa John’s memorized, along with their prices, daily specials, and numbers to the stores
  • You’re tempted to randomly yell “Hand check!” when riding on a public transportation vehicle
  • You have gone weeks where you’ve had 12 hours of sleep…total
  • You cringe a little bit when you realize it’s a Youth Congress year
  • You’ve considered bribing people to chaperone
  • You’re willing to leave your own children with literally anyone that has the Holy Ghost so you can have one night of peace with your wife
  • You’ve ignored an important text message at 2 AM because you thought it was “that student”
  • You find yourself striking up a conversation with the 12-year-old in the grocery store line…and wonder why his mother is so creeped out
  • You vacation calendar consists of Youth Camp, Holiday Youth Convention, and Youth Congress (or Commune-ity…GET THERE, PEOPLE!)
  • You’ve looked into the requirements for carrying a taser
  • A friend comes into a large sum of unexpected money and you shamelessly ask for a donation
  • You have sold donuts, fireworks, cookie dough, gift wrap, and anything at the church that wasn’t already accounted for
  • Your sound equipment is older than you are
  • You have used Starbucks, Chick-Fil-A, McDonalds, and anywhere else that has Wifi as an office…many times over
  • A teenager says “Thank you” and you nearly pass out
  • You are used to being stood up, overworked, under appreciated, and taken advantage of…but you could care less, because every time a student receives the Holy Ghost, or dedicates himself to God’s service, or cashes in her whole savings to go to a Youth on Missions trip, you know it’s all worth it.

So what about you? What’s your “You know you’re a youth pastor when…” moment? Comment here, or tweet it with the #youknowyoureayouthpastorwhen hashtag!

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