Friday, January 13, 2012

Eugene Peterson's Advice for Youth Workers

In the latest issue of the Youth Worker Journal, Eugene Peterson (pastor and theologian) was asked:
What words of advice would you give youth workers? Here is his reply...

"You've got a great job. You've got a great opportunity. Not many people get a chance to do this. Relish the fact that this is a gift. Enjoy yourself. Don't take yourself too seriously. Have fun. Enjoy these kids. It's a time of energy, exuberance and excitement. Enter into that with your kids, but be very careful of manipulation. These are young people. They are susceptible to any strong voice in their life. Don't use your advantage or position as a youth pastor to manipulate or to get people to follow in your footsteps. Remember that being a pastor is a very modest way of life. You're visible, but you're not all that important."