TLH047: 6 Reasons Youth Pastors Leave Youth Ministry

What might it be that causes you to leave youth ministry?

Maybe that’s easy to answer.  Maybe you feel like you’re there now.

There are lots of reasons you could leave youth ministry.  I’ve shared previously seven reasons that could be legitimate considerations.

Unfortunately most of the time, it isn’t these that drive us away.

Youth Ministry is tough.  Really tough.

And sticking it out for the longer haul is harder that one would think.

In this episode I’m sharing six reasons that Youth Pastors leave youth ministry.  Sometimes it means leaving a current position for another.  Sometimes it means leaving ministry altogether.

Recognizing and being aware of these could mean the difference between staying or leaving.

Links mentioned:

The Longer Haul Mailing List

Why Youth Pastors Leave Around the 2-3 Year Mark

When Youth Pastors Leave Too Often

Choosing To Stay When You Can Leave

Resources mentioned in this Podcast:

Leading On Empty by Wayne Cordeiro

In this particular episode, you will learn:

  • Six reasons youth pastors leave youth ministry
  • Why recognizing these are so important
  • The one thing these six can lead to that will ultimately cause you to walk away


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