You’re Just a Temp

If you’re in the workforce you’re just a temp – a “temporary employee.” 

It’s true. Sooner or later, you’ll leave and somebody else will assume your job responsibilities. You might stay 2 years, 5, or 8 years, but you’re still a “temp.” It happens in all vocations, especially in youth ministry.

There’s no such thing as a “permanent hire.”

In fact, being a “temp” could actually increase the urgency for any of us to succeed, because the work that we do has permanence.

The question in the above graphic is a common one for churches. Youth ministers don’t have a reputation for staying very long. The statistic that only 30% of youth ministers stay at their job for more than two years probably won’t surprise you.

Churches ask, “what happens if we develop our youth minister and then he/she leaves us?”

What happens if we don’t, and he/she stays?

The work of an effective youth minister has permanence.

This is why Youth Ministry Institute exists. We develop leaders that grow youth groups for many years. We’ve certified 36 youth ministers in nine years, and 80 percent have stayed at their church for longer than five years or are still at the church that hired them. Training youth ministers has permanence.

There are huge benefits from our program for churches and youth groups, even in the first year of partnering with YMI. Volunteers are engaged. New ideas are introduced to the congregation. Youth ministers are more motivated to succeed. Those benefits grow over time.

That’s why we ask the question, “what happens if we invest in developing leaders, and they stay?”


Matt Regional YMI DirectorMatt Vaughan is the regional director for Youth Ministry Institute Midwest. Matt previously served as a youth minister for over 18 years at three churches with varied memberships of 350 to 4,500 members. During his career, he planned over 70 trips, taught 700 confirmation students, and hired 45 interns (of which 18 pursued vocational ministry). He began his career at at United Methodist church and most recently served a Presbyterian church. Matt received theological education from Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City and was later certified as a school teacher by the University of Missouri – Saint Louis. He is a graduate of theUniversity of Kansas. Matt and his wife, Amy, live in Prairie Village, Kansas with their two sons. When they are not at a basketball game or tennis match, they yearn to hike, camp, or ski in Colorado and Arizona.

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