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I’ll never forget my first few messages in youth ministry for two reasons.
- One, they were poorly written.
- Second, I felt like I had no authority.
You know the volunteer ministers who moonlight as teachers, lawyers, police officers, stay at home moms and pizza deliverers? How versed are they in church teaching and scripture? Should they be? Is their theological knowledge an expectation or a bonus?
- Love God – They might not be theologians; however, they need to be committed to their faith. If they walk in bashing God, it’s obvious they shouldn’t be there in your ministry.
- Love Teenagers – Doug Fields would say like teens because we have to love everyone and he’s right. Therefore, it’s obvious that we want adults who want to serve teenagers and not kids, the elderly or small household pets.
- Consistent – A good minister is someone who makes the ministry a priority. Granted it doesn’t have to be number one, but it can’t be an afterthought.
- Authentic – When you are wrong you are wrong. When you don’t know you don’t know. An authentic minister is someone you want to be around because you know what you get and that builds trust.