Marti thinks that youth directors should be the highest paid staff position at church. Why is that?
Because they can get through to your kid when you can’t.
Because they are cool when you are not.
Because they can do things with kids which if you tried, they would just laugh at you.
Because your 14-year-old will talk to them when he won’t talk to you.
Because you’ll find out things about your son or your daughter you never knew.
Because they can inspire your kid to believe in what he can’t see.
Because they can fan the flame of the Spirit in kids.
Because they can lead your kids to the Lord.
Chandler attended church camp this summer and I finally got around to meeting with the youth director. I found out that Chandler is a leader. (We already knew that, but it was nice to have it confirmed. At this stage, Chandler is a leader because he does what he wants to do regardless of what anyone else thinks about it, so everyone follows him because he does what he does so confidently that they assume it must be the thing to do.)
I found out that Chandler embraced some spiritual realities at camp when the rest of his “group” (“tribe” would be a better word) didn’t. I would never have known this had I not sat down and talked with the youth director. Chandler did not make me aware of any of this information. I also found out that I was one of what he guessed was about 10% of the parents in his youth group who sought him out to talk about their son or daughter. I found that hard to believe.
This last summer I went to a reunion of the high school group I attended in my church when I was growing up. The man who was our youth director then was there with his wife and the outpouring of love and affection for them was palpable. Forty years later we are still experiencing the effects of their role in our lives. And why did I go? I’m sure seeing people I haven’t seen in years was part of it. What do they look like? Who did they become? But mostly I wanted to see the man and his wife who had been instrumental in setting the spiritual course of my life, so I could thank them, and let them know that after all these years, that I’ve been faithful.
My first two children are Christians today because of a youth director. I’m in the ministry today because of a youth director. Have you hugged your youth director lately? You better.