15 Things Youth Pastors Says vs What They Mean

A few years ago I took a group of teenagers to Washington DC. We arrived in DC at about 4pm and the teens were pumped to ride the Metro, so we bought tickets and jumped on a train before we went to dinner. We decided we would take the 15-minute ride to Arlington. We spent a short time there, then got back on the Metro to head to dinner. It was the end of the day, and things were just crazy! I was trying to keep track of my own kids as well as all of the teenagers in our group. As we approached our stop, I reminded everyone that we would be getting off the train soon, we only have a minute or so to disembark and I didn’t want to leave anyone. As we arrived at our destination, we all quickly left the train and assembled in a group. I immediately began counting heads– and came up short. I turned around just in time to watch the train leave, with one of the teenagers in my group still on board! He had no cell phone. He had no experience riding the Metro. It was his first time taking a trip with our group, and we lost him! To make matters worse, at the next station, he got off of his train and onto another. We spent almost three hours trying to find him! But finally, we did.

When the week was over, we arrived at the church where parents were patiently waiting for their children to arrive home safe. I was greeted by his mother, at this time, she had already heard all about his ‘adventure.’ “How did the trip go?” I smiled and said, “It went great!”

After serving ten years as a Youth Pastor, I learned something: We don’t always say exactly what we mean! With the help of a few friends, I’ve compiled this list to help decipher exactly what your Youth Pastor is trying to tell you.

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