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10 Simple Steps to Win Your Pastor Over

The truth is that very few senior pastors are passionate about student ministry. If they were, they would be student ministry pastors. God has given them a heart and calling to shepherd the entire church, in which student ministry is only a part. If you want them to become a big fan and advocate for student ministry, then it begins with having them become big fan of you. Here are 10 practical ways to build heart strands with your pastor and help them become a fan of you and student ministry.

10: Remember, they are the boss!

9: Don’t be a liability.

8: Professionalism is key.

7: Clean your office.

6: Love their kids.

5: Don’t forget to love them too.

4: Be teachable.

3: Document everything!

2: Keep your ego in check.


OK, there is the complete list. Like all things, it is much easier to understand than to do, but when our actions match these values, we will be the smell of perfume to our pastor, a blessing to our church, and you will be surprised by the amount of support your area of ministry will get. Get after it!  

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I have the pleasure of speaking and teaching for youth events, youth worker gatherings, and every week to my ministry labratory known as my youth group. I have had the privilege to write for a number of websites and journals, and currently I am a contributor and curriculum writer for youth ministry360. I also have the opportunity to serve in my denomination on the speaker team and as a youth ministry network facilitator.