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10 Surefire Ways for a Youth Minister to Get Fired

[Editor’s note: This list is meant to be tongue-in-cheek. Please don’t try these things at your church … ]

1.  When the pastor asks you what you thought of his sermon, say, “Honestly, I’ve heard better.”

2.  Use the church baptismal for a cannonball contest for middle schoolers.

3.  Finally give that one cantankerous elder a piece of your mind.

4.  Start trying to implement a Gospel Advancing youth ministry philosophy in a purely attractional or full-on dysfunctional church.

5.  Get a ticket for going 20 MPH over the speed limit in the church van while attempting to make it back to the church on time after your Fall Retreat.

6.  Use the pastor’s headset to preach to the teenagers. He won’t mind.

7.  Promote your next youth group series, “Don’t fight naked” (on spiritual warfare), then put the web banner on your church website’s homepage.

8.  Say things like, “Receipts? I don’t have any,” to the church treasurer.

9.  Have a “Pyro night” in the church basement.

10. Turn “Youth Sunday” into an original musical that uses zombies, re-written songs from Grease and the book of Revelation. End with explosions.

What are some more sure fire ways to get fired?  

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Hi, I'm Greg Stier, CEO and Founder of Dare 2 Share Ministries. On this blog I share personal experiences about life, ministry, and how we are mobilizing teenagers across America to share their faith. I would love to connect with you. Follow me on TwitterFacebook or join a move of God at Dare 2 Share.