Advice for non-administrative youth workers [video]

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Not every youth pastor is an administrative genius. In fact, most of us go into ministry because we love working with teenagers and their families, but then we get stuck behind a desk putting events together, planning meetings, attending other people’s meetings, keeping up with phone calls and email, and more. It’s a necessary part of the job that will determine a lot of how others view your ministry. But what if you’re just not a great administrator? Then what?

While at the D6 Conference a few weeks ago, I sat down with Jonathan Cliff, the Next Generations Pastor at Trinity Church in Lubbock, Texas. As a guy who thrives in administrative environments and has worked with several youth pastors who don’t, he shared some advice for how those youth pastors can begin to thrive in those areas. Watch our video to hear his advice.

You can check out Jonathan’s blog at or follow him on Twitter.

Posted on October 4, 2011

  • Bobby Morford

    Great video and Jonathan is a great minister. I had the privilege of being a part of performing Jonathan and Starr's wedding. It has been very exciting to see how God has used them. Video is very on target you need to know you flaws and build a team around you that where your weaknesses are they have the strength in that area.

    • jonathancliff

      Hey it's Bobby Morford! Bobby was my wife's long-time Youth Pastor, and one of the few life-long YP's out there!

  • In my first YM position, I received a birthday present from several parents after I had been at the church for about a year. It was a Palm Pilot. Not kidding. It was a nice gift and a nice wake-up call for me.

    Jonathan, your wisdom about simply getting others to help is huge. I hate administrative stuff, and for some reason, I assume everyone else does, too, so I used to be hesitant to ask others to help with that. And it showed. But the truth is, there's someone in your church who owns a label maker, loves excel spreadsheets, and would be happy to add some organization to your next event, or to your ministry in general. Great advice!

    • I had a Palm Pilot! I paid $250 for one that had 8 MB of memory! Yes, 8 MB! haha

      I agree, Benjer. I like Jonathan's line, "There are many people who are scared to death of what you do and would love to take some administrative responsibilities," or something like that anyway. I'd have to go back and watch it again to get the full quote, but that's the gist of it. Love it!

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