WF YM: Youth Leaders Are Authority Figures

You are not big buddies.  There are too many stories like this one about a family who is no longer a part of their church who is still angry at a former youth pastor who let the daughter ride on the hood of his car around the church parking lot.

You have been entrusted by the parents with the welfare of minors. That means you have to be concerned with safety and safety means rules. Rules need to be enforced by the authority and that is you. You are an authority figure.

Don’t worry. As an authority figure your youth will still like you because in safety and authority there is comfort and security. In comfort and security anyone can learn and that is what you want to see happen which is why you work with youth.

Even if you are 18 years old and in charge (the age when Brenda started) you need to separate yourself as an authority figure.