Updated: Feb 14
People often ask me why I decided to go into youth ministry.
I started working with teens when I was a teenager myself, in 1983. I volunteered and spent a ton of time at our local church serving in the youth ministry while I served in the Air Force and attended college. The reason I chose youth ministry was because God literally saved my life through my youth group. My life had little, if any, meaning and I struggled with why I was even on this earth.
My youth leaders, youth pastor and youth group showed me that God had a specific purpose and plan for my life. I decided that if God could use me to change one life in the same way these people changed mine, that's what I wanted to do. I've been blessed to be involved in so many young people's lives for over 37 years.
The next question people always ask is, “How much longer can you do this?” I've been asking this same question myself for 20 years and still don't know the answer. As long as God gives me the ability and the church feels like I'm effective at what I do, I'll be here until God decides something different.
I believe teens want authenticity more than coolness. (Thank God, since my coolness left with my hair many years ago.)