Everyone’s Called to Youth Ministry…They Just Don’t Know It Yet

Guest Post: Darren is a veteran youth pastor serving in Texas. He’s the author of 2 Sides and a brand new book, Everyone’s Called to Youth Ministry. He and his wife, Katie, mentor and train youth pastors and parents through Millennial Influence. You can connect with Darren on Twitter, Facebook, or his blog.

They’re everywhere…and usually hiding in plain sight!! Adults that God has called to reach teenagers…they just don’t know it yet! I found some hidden gems hanging out at my church!

Luberta: Age 86 – widowed – active member in the Keenagers group (She’s the lady in the white pants – it was her idea to take the photo like we were all under arrest.)

Pat: Age 70 – widowed – lost her husband to suicide (She’s the lady measuring the wooden plank, after spending the night on the floor on a mission trip in Mexico.)

Pete: Age 52 – married – had a great experience as a college student with Young Life before walking away from his faith for nearly 20 years (Pete’s the only guy who knew we needed hiking boots…the rest of us wore flip-flops…and most of the guys in this photo were in his small group before they graduated.)

Danny & Lara: married 30-somethings – new found faith in Christ after nearly divorcing (They’re the ones making out…it’s OK, it wasn’t a youth event.)

Andrew: Age 20 – single – college junior (He was our resident ‘bearded one’ and all-knowing technological guru!)

The common denominator? They were all called to youth ministry…and had no idea.

I believe every single person in your church brings something to the youth ministry table! It’s up to you to help them figure out what it is!! It really is the highest calling in student ministry – helping someone else find their passion and calling for teenagers.

So take a look around this Sunday. The blue hairs, the no hairs, the long hairs, the facial hairs – they all have something to offer. Do you see it??? Everyone’s Called to Youth Ministry…They Just Don’t Know It Yet!!  You can get your copy here


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  • blessed grammy

    Candace now leads our tweener girls, and at 70 she rocks! (not in a chair):) We belong to a very small mountain community church. So kids groups are small and finding leaders is even harder. Candace is widowed and has arthritis that is crippling her body. I talked her into just being a body in the room so I could answer God’s call to teach our small group of girls how Cool Jesus is and how easy he is to Love. My healper just thanked the girls the other night for the best year she bas had in years (she was a very lonely bitter widow). God is so good. Now she texts me with new ideas and projects at all hours of the day and night. I’d like to say who’d havd figured? God knew from the get go. There is no one like Him!

    • http://twitter.com/darrensutton Veteran YouthMin

      I LOVE THIS!!!! More ‘experienced’ folks are always my favorites!! I love watching students open up to them!! And even more than that, watching the adults blossom as their spiritual gifts take root in the student ministry…usually in ways they never expected…just like Candace! Thanks for asking Candace to serve!

  • http://www.facebook.com/benmcclary Ben McClary

    Amen! Excellent post! If I ever had a dream of writing a book, this would be the topic.

    • http://twitter.com/darrensutton Veteran YouthMin

      Thanks Ben!! This book’s been rolling around in my mind and youth ministry for 20 years!! :)