Okay so I need your opinion about something that has been bothering me. I am really curious what we should call the people who minister to students?
– Student Pastor
– Youth Pastor
– Youth Worker
– Youth Director
– Youth Coordinator
Over the past few months I have been hearing a lot of people refer to them as “student pastors”. But I have also heard a few others use youth pastor.
What one is right?
My youth ministry professor Chap Clarkat Fuller Theological Seminary was very clear about choosing certain words that will land best with students. Every word that we use in front of our students means something to them. So is it disrespectful calling their pastor a “youth pastor?”
So what word — Youth Pastor or Student Pastor — land best with students?
Is it possible that by calling us a youth pastor give teenagers an impression that are really young, immature, and inexperience? Is calling a student pastor a student pastor more appropriate and describe the stage of life they are in?
Two questions I would like for you to answer:
1. What is your official “youth” position title?
2. What one is correct? Why?