Beating the Odds: Secrets to Longevity in Youth Ministry

  • John Smestad Jr, Archdiocese of New Orleans

The average tenure of a parish youth minister is less than three years, not even as long as the duration of high school. Navigating the parish as a professional workplace is key to longevity if you want to stay. Come explore practical strategies from someone serving 22 years in the same place through 4 pastors.

  • Date:Friday, December 7
  • Time:9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
  • Session Type:Breakout
  • Session Code:A05
  • Submitter - First Name:John
  • Submitter - Last Name:Smestad Jr
  • Submitter - Email
  • Thematic Categories:Workplace Issues, Leadership Developent and Skills, Advocacy
  • Session Outcome 1:Participants will learn strategies to demonstrate professionalism in the parish as a workplace, including navigating power structures, pastor expectations, parents, and the parish secretary.
  • Session Outcome 2:Participants will explore common, classic mistakes made that lead to involuntary termination, and tips on how to avoid falling into those traps.
  • Session Outcome 3:Participants will learn practical tips for avoiding burnout, increasing compensation, and growing in faith themselves once they’ve avoided the common early missteps.
John Smestad Jr
Archdiocese of New Orleans