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Youth Pastor Problems: When Youth Pastor and Senior Pastor Don’t Align

–  Focus on commonalities

–  Move slowly and be patient


Unfortunately, it was easier for me to list reasons youth pastor problems with their senior pastor than it was to answer how a youth pastor and senior pastor can align. I am finding and hearing more youth pastors leaving their youth ministry position and church planting because of how fed up they are with their senior leadership. I have heard many stories about senior pastors treating their youth pastor so bad or not willing to try something new, which quickly led me to ask the question: How can the youth pastor/senior pastor relationship improve?

4 Questions About These Youth Pastor Problems:

(1)  Why do youth pastors and senior pastors misalign?
(2)  How do youth pastors and senior pastors re-align?
(3)  What resources encourage youth pastors and senior pastor to be on the same page?
(4)  When is it time to leave the church because of the senior pastor differences?


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Jeremy Zach easily gets dissatisfied with status quo. He reeks with passion and boredom is not in his vocabulary. He becomes wide awake when connecting with student pastors, thinking and writing about student ministry, experimenting with online technology, and working out. He is married to Mikaela and has two calico cats, Stella and Laguna. He lives in Alpharetta, Georgia and is a XP3 Orange Specialist for Orange—a division of the REthink Group. Zach holds a Communication degree from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities and Masters of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary.