Good question. Should an assistant pastor, student pastor, youth pastor…or whatever title you have at your church….be ordained? Depends on how serious you take that position – Do you view the youth pastor as a less important member of the staff? Is he the junior to the senior pastor? Or maybe your thoughts are that the youth pastor position is a stepping stone to the senior pastor position.
If you are a youth pastor or youth leader, these questions probably make you cringe, angry, or smirk. You know the battles you face as a youth pastor…you know that there needs to be more people to battle in the trenches for the hearts and souls of these young people that are turning their back on the church at an alarming rate.
So my answer…YES. I do think a youth pastor needs to be ordained. I do believe a youth pastor needs to be taken seriously, utilized in church vision, and devoted to his craft. We need more student ministers that are commited to youth ministry…what better way to show your commitment than to be ordained. It was not an easy process, but two weeks ago I made that commitment and was ordained. Will you be next?