Are YOU a Presbyterian Youth Worker?
(Hint: The Answer Is Probably "Yes")
Over the past few months, our Strategic Planning Task Force has done a lot of listening. And, I mean, a LOT of listening. They’ve gathered face-to-face groups, assembled groups for online meetups, and pored over 150+ responses to our survey. Though the task force has learned a ton, one of the biggest takeaways has been confusion about who the heck is actually a youth worker.
Too often, we heard responses such as:
- I’m not a youth worker, I'm just a parent who helps out on Sunday nights.
- Oh, I wouldn’t consider myself a youth worker, I’m just a confirmation mentor.
- Youth worker? Not me, I’m just the associate pastor who supervises the youth director.
See the common thread here? Somehow church members and ministry leaders have gotten the message that the title of “Presbyterian Youth Worker” is reserved for people who get paid to work directly with young people.
It’s time to change this perception.
PYWA has launched a new initiative called the “I'm a Presbyterian Youth Worker!” campaign. Over the next year, we’re going to be connecting with volunteers and ministry leaders to help them claim their role and impact as Presbyterian Youth Workers.
Whether you’re paid or volunteer, full-time or part-time, or short-term or long-term, YOU are a Presbyterian Youth Worker.
If you’re a confirmation mentor, youth committee member, Sunday School teacher, or trip planner, YOU are a Presbyterian Youth Worker.
If you’re on a church staff in any capacity, YOU too are a Presbyterian Youth Worker.
In the coming months, we look forward to connecting with all of you as we work together to connect young people to Christ’s grace, hope, justice, and love.