This past Friday, May 1, 2009, I was the “guest” on the weekly YM Talk hosted by Tim Schmoyer and Life in Student Ministry. The topic of discussion was “tips on finding the right youth ministry job.”
If you are looking for a new youth ministry job, take a listen. If you know someone who is looking, point them this direction. Or maybe you just need to listen because at some point in the future you might have to look for a new youth ministry position. Whatever the reason, I’d love to hear your comments about the discussion.
Also, if you have any questions about finding a new youth ministry job that you would like to ask me – send me an email (address is on the right side of the blog) or leave a comment on this post.
Plus, I’d like to add one thing to the discussion that we did not get to talk about during our time. I have found that during the question and answer time, there is a good chance that the questions have to do with “fixing” a problem from the previous ministry.
For the congregation, they will ask the candidate questions about issues they felt were lacking in the last youth minister. Questions about “spending time with students” – if that is something they last youth minister didn’t do enough according to them.
For the candidate, they will ask questions about issues the last congregation or leadership didn’t do well. It could be questions about accountability or evaluations, if that is something that seemed to be lacking.
Keep this in mind as you are asking and answering questions. It will help you get a better feel for where the congregation/youth ministry is at and it will help you see what “baggage” you might be bringing with you into your new ministry.