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Great Youth Pastor: 6 Ways to Become Better at Your Role

5. Educate yourself on youth culture.

This is difficult. I’m not drawn to secular music, but my students are. So I feel responsible to stay updated on popular music. That way, I know how to more effectively minister to kids. I’m not into video games either, but my students are. I’m not a trendy guy; in fact, I dress pretty old school. But I try to stay up to date on trends too.

6. Be missional in everything the student ministry does.

Prioritize the mission of making disciples in how you do ministry. When you go somewhere with students, stay missional. Plan your calendar around the mission. Spend the budget around the mission. I’m afraid we’re doing good things but not the main thing. Everything in student ministry needs a purpose. Every event needs a purpose, aka the mission.

You might feel like a complete failure as a student pastor. (I do sometimes.) But if you’re actively pursuing these steps, you’re on your way to becoming a great youth pastor. So keep it up! It takes time; be patient.

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Josh Evans is the family pastor of the Oakleaf campus of Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL. He has served in this position since June of 2014. Before that, Josh had been a mentor and pastor to students since 2006. Josh is passionate about seeing life change in families and teaching them the truths of the Word of God. Josh is a blogger, speaker, family pastor, and die-hard Duke Blue Devils fan! Josh and his wife Abby were married in February of 2008, and those years have been the happiest years of his life. Josh and Abby have two kids. Lynlee and Cameron. Josh and his family live in the Jacksonville, FL area. You can connect further with Josh on this blog or send him a direct email at joshhevans@gmail.com.