7 Reasons I’m Thankful for Youth Workers
Sometimes people ask me why I love my job, and while I can answer that question in a number of ways, it truly comes down to one thing: youth workers. I LOVE getting to serve youth workers.
You see, I think youth workers are a rare breed. Something makes them stand out from the crowd. Something makes them easy to spot. They’re the kind of people you like to spend time with. And they’re the kind of people you want to be like.
“Youth workers are a rare breed. Something makes them stand out from the crowd. Something makes them easy to spot.”
So in the spirit of Thanksgiving, here are “7 Reasons I’m Thankful for Youth Workers”:
Youth Workers are Investors:
In a culture that’s incredibly protective of time and money, youth workers are investors. They invest their time. They invest their money. Every day they make sacrifices for the sake of furthering God’s Kingdom.
Youth Workers are Visionaries:
Most youth workers I meet are driven by impact. They have a vision of how they want to see students grow, and they have a vision for how to get there. They don’t just dream about how a student can serve Christ tomorrow; they dream about how a student can serve Christ with their life.
Youth Workers are Innovators:
Youth workers are some of the most creative people I know. Whenever they face problems or challenges, they look for an innovative solution. They aren’t afraid to try something new or do something different. And in doing so, they have a way of breathing new life into struggling ministries.
Youth Workers are Entertainers:
There’s no doubt in my mind that youth workers know how to have fun. They embrace the craziness that youth ministry often requires, but they find a way to balance the silly with the serious and the preposterous with the purposeful.
Youth Workers are Teachers:
Every discipler is a teacher, and I see youth workers as some of the most devoted teachers out there. They teach with their words. They teach with their actions. And they teach with their lives.
Youth Workers are Learners:
No matter how many years of experience they possess, I always seem to meet youth workers who want to grow. They never walk around like they’ve got everything figured out; instead, they show great humility in asking others for wisdom and advice.
Youth Workers are Overcomers:
Even more than the reasons above, I’m thankful that youth workers are overcomers. They navigate obstacles on a daily basis, and they press on even if it feels like nothing is working. By God’s grace they wrestle through difficult seasons and transitions all without losing sight of the mission.
So if you’re a youth worker, know that here at LeaderTreks we’re thankful for you. We thank God every time we remember you (Philippians 1:3). We know that God is at work in and through you, and it’s our joy to be your partner in ministry.
About the Author
Taryn Seemann grew up in various states across the East Coast and the Midwest, but now she’s happy to call Glendale Heights, IL her home. After studying International Development at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, Taryn began work at LeaderTreks as a Leadership Specialist and currently serves as the Coordinator of Training and Events. It’s […]