RYM 055: Finding Success As A Bivocational Youth Ministry Leader

It’s no surprise that being a bivocational youth ministry worker comes with a unique set of challenges—like two bosses, two workplaces, and split priorities every week. But in the midst of those challenges, are there ways we can maximize the time we DO have in our ministries and with our students? On this episode, join ministry leaders for a conversation about navigating obstacles and finding success influencing the next generation as a bivocational youth worker.

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EPISODE RECAP

  • A bivocational youth ministry leader is someone who works at a church and also has another job. (2:00)
  • The average youth worker salary in the United States is $38,000. (2:45)
  • There is an obstacle of credibility and ownership for bivocational youth workers. (9:30)
  • Biovocational youth ministry workers: Ask yourself “How can I maximize what I do with the limited time that I have?” (12:45)
  • You feel as if you are not a “real youth pastor.” (15:00)
  • For someone who is wrestling with the value they bring to a ministry and they are bivocational, some of those feelings might be alleviated if the church and their leadership are communicating the value they bring to the table. (18:00)
  • There is a pressure to create things that no one else has done before. (32:30)
  • How do you define success as a youth ministry leader? (33:45)
  • Success is not being on the stage every week. (35:00)
  • Success for any youth worker is having influence on the faith of the next generation. (36:00)
  • As a bivocational youth worker, invite other people to be part of influencing the next generation alongside you. (37:30)
  • You’re not expected to take it all on yourself. (38:00)
  • No one was meant to do ministry alone. (40:00)

RESOURCES FROM THIS EPISODE

Resource: XP3 Partners Facebook group

Resource: Rethinking Youth Ministry Women’s Network 

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VOICES IN THIS EPISODE

CJ PALMER

CJ PALMER

CJ is the Managing Editor for XP3 High School and Social Media Strategist for XP3’s blog and social media platforms. CJ has been leading small groups for middle school and high school students at North Point Community Church for the past 10 years. He also placed 5th in his 8th grade class fun run. CJ and his wife, Teri, live in Alpharetta, GA.

CHARLIE CONDER

CHARLIE CONDER

Charlie is an XP3 Orange Specialist at Orange after spending the past 20 years working with students in educational and ministry settings. Most recently, Charlie spent 12 years as the middle school youth pastor in a thriving Methodist church in the Metro Atlanta area. Charlie grew up in rural Illinois but has been living in metro Atlanta, GA for the past 14 years. She lives with her husband Eric, her sometimes snarky but lovable daughter, and their three pups.

LOUIE LOVOY

LOUIE LOVOY

Louie has worked in 5 different churches of all shapes and sizes over the last 18 years, including the last 6 at North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, GA. He now serves as the Student Ministry Consultant for North Point Partner churches around the country. Louie loves to help ministry leaders think through what they are doing and help them to connect and learn from each other as well. He lives in Cumming, GA with his wife, Lindsay, and his two boys, Levi and Luke.

BRETT TALLEY

BRETT TALLEY

Brett is an XP3 Orange Specialist with Orange after spending 11 years in full time ministry. He’s been married to his amazing wife since 2004. They have three amazing and hilarious kids who constantly keep them busy and laughing. He loves baseball, golf and makes amazing turkey melt sandwiches (if he has the time and ingredients, otherwise they’re just average).

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