10 Ways to Ruin Young Ministers – Jim Vining

Port_44Jim Vining wrote a great little post entitled, "The Top Ten Ways to Ruin Young Pastors." It is printed below in italics. Click here to read the comments.

This post can be taken a bit negatively. The intent here is redemptive, though. It seems pretty spot on to me. I'm getting to where I don't qualify as a youngster. I have some gray hair, literally, now. Even at 33, I've already been in ministry "formally" for 13 years–and have experienced many of the things Vining mentions at various stages–though I've always been blessed to work in great churches. I am also at an age that has allowed me to watch a lot of my peers exit the ministry. This saddens me, for the church needs all the young guns (and old guns for that matter) She can get. Here's Jim Vining in italics:

Here are the Top Ten Ways to Ruin Young Pastors. They have also been found effective on other ministry staff!

10. Promise big things in their interviews, and then pull back on those promises once the family is on site.

9. Do not bother mentoring them or investing in their personal or professional development.

8. Ask them to reach new people, but force them to think the same way as the existing staff.

7. Ask them to bring change, but do not allow them to do anything different.

6. Young Pastor’s Concerns = Never Valid. Member’s Concerns about Young Pastor = Always Valid.

5. Give them responsibility, but do not give them the authority to accomplish those things.

4. Give them greater workloads than other pastors, but also less respect.

3. Say one thing in private meetings, another thing in staff or elder meetings, and another thing in Sunday Worship.

2. Reject their ideas, tell them how to do it, and when it does not work … blame them.

1. Allow your personal insecurities to interpret the young pastor’s words and deeds as attempts to mock you or steal your job.


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Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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4 thoughts on “10 Ways to Ruin Young Ministers – Jim Vining

  1. Great reminders. These are not just things that happen to young ministers, these happen to old dudes as well. I have a friend my age who still goes through this. Ministers also have to diplomatically have a back bone and enough courage to challenge these unhealthy patterns. Thanks for reminding us all of how to have healthy interaction among paid and unpaid leaders within the church.

  2. Tim — I always find your blog posts insightful and challenging. I would like to send you an e-mail but find no place to send one on your blog! You can send me one at mark@morgantowncoc.org Anyway, keep up the great work!
    Mark LaValley