Eleven months. My first job as a full-time youth pastor only lasted eleven months. And while it was nobody’s fault and not because of any wrongdoing, my rapid rise and untimely release was painful, not only for me and my fresh calling, but for the students and their families that I had created spiritual bonds with.
In the decade-plus since then, I’ve seen many endings for other youth pastors, who were quitting, facing hard or wrongful endings and painful tears. Many of these endings are in one way or another tied to compensation, where churches are notorious for overworking and underpaying youth pastors.
But before you write me off as a disgruntled employee begging for another penny in the offering plate, read the statistics below. Because the numbers don’t lie.
The 2019 Youth Pastor Compensation Survey Results published by The Youth Cartel and YPCompPros.com paints a picture of some surprising pain points for the career of a youth pastor that every church should pay attention to—below are the top five.