7 Reasons I’m Thankful for Youth Workers

By Taryn Phiri November 23, 2021

Sometimes people ask us why we love our job, and while we can answer that question in a number of ways, it truly comes down to one thing: youth workers. We 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.

So in the spirit of Thanksgiving, here are

7 Reasons I’m Thankful for Youth Workers


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 innovative solutions. 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 Phiri

Taryn Phiri grew up in various states across the East Coast and the Midwest, but now she and her husband, Jerry, are happy to call Glendale Heights, IL their home. After studying International Development at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, Taryn served at LeaderTreks for many years as a trip leader and training coordinator….  Read More