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Working As A Youth Pastor

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  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $44,110

    Average Salary

What Does A Youth Pastor Do

Social workers help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives. One group of social workers—clinical social workers—also diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional issues.   

Duties

Social workers typically do the following:

  • Identify people and communities in need of help
  • Assess clients’ needs, situations, strengths, and support networks to determine their goals
  • Help clients adjust to changes and challenges in their lives, such as illness, divorce, or unemployment
  • Research, refer, and advocate for community resources, such as food stamps, childcare, and healthcare to assist and improve a client’s well-being
  • Respond to crisis situations such as child abuse and mental health emergencies
  • Follow up with clients to ensure that their situations have improved
  • Evaluate services provided to ensure that they are effective
  • Develop and evaluate programs and services to ensure that basic client needs are met
  • Provide psychotherapy services

Social workers help people cope with challenges in their lives. They help with a wide range of situations, such as adopting a child or being diagnosed with a terminal illness.

Social workers may work with children, people with disabilities, and people with serious illnesses and addictions. Their work varies based on the type of client they are working with.

Some social workers work with groups, community organizations, and policymakers to develop or improve programs, services, policies, and social conditions. This focus of work is referred to as macro social work.

Advocacy is an important aspect of social work. Social workers advocate or raise awareness with and on behalf of their clients and the social work profession on local, state, and national levels.

The following are examples of types of social workers:

Child and family social workers protect vulnerable children and help families in need of assistance. They help families find housing or services, such as childcare, or apply for benefits, such as food stamps. They intervene when children are in danger of neglect or abuse. Some help arrange adoptions, locate foster families, or work to reunite families.

Clinical social workers—also called licensed clinical social workers—diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional disorders, including anxiety and depression. They provide individual, group, family, and couples therapy; they work with clients to develop strategies to change behavior or cope with difficult situations; and they refer clients to other resources or services, such as support groups or other mental health professionals. Clinical social workers can develop treatment plans with the client, doctors, and other healthcare professionals and may adjust the treatment plan if necessary based on their client’s progress. They may also provide mental healthcare to help children and families cope with changes in their lives, such as divorce or other family problems.

Many clinical social workers work in private practice. In these settings, clinical social workers also perform administrative and recordkeeping tasks, such as working with insurance companies in order to receive payment for their services. Some work in a group practice with other social workers or mental health professionals.

School social workers work with teachers, parents, and school administrators to develop plans and strategies to improve students’ academic performance and social development. Students and their families are often referred to social workers to deal with problems such as aggressive behavior, bullying, or frequent absences from school.

Healthcare social workers help patients understand their diagnosis and make the necessary adjustments to their lifestyle, housing, or healthcare. For example, they may help people make the transition from the hospital back to their homes and communities. In addition, they may provide information on services, such as home healthcare or support groups, to help patients manage their illness or disease. Social workers help doctors and other healthcare professionals understand the effects that diseases and illnesses have on patients’ mental and emotional health.

Some healthcare social workers specialize in geriatric social work, hospice and palliative care, or medical social work:

  • Geriatric social workers help senior citizens and their families. They help clients find services, such as programs that provide older adults with meals or with home healthcare. They may provide information about assisted living facilities or nursing homes, or work with older adults in those settings. They help clients and their families make plans for possible health complications or for where clients will live if they can no longer care for themselves.
  • Hospice and palliative care social workers help patients adjust to serious, chronic, or terminal illnesses. Palliative care focuses on relieving or preventing pain and other symptoms associated with serious illness. Hospice is a type of palliative care for people who are dying. Social workers in this setting provide and find services, such as support groups or grief counselors, to help patients and their families cope with the illness or disease.
  • Medical social workers in hospitals help patients and their families by linking patients with resources in the hospital and in their own community. They may work with medical staff to create discharge plans, make referrals to community agencies, facilitate support groups, or conduct followup visits with patients once they have been discharged.

Mental health and substance abuse social workers help clients with mental illnesses or addictions. They provide information on services, such as support groups and 12-step programs, to help clients cope with their illness. Many clinical social workers function in these roles as well.

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How To Become A Youth Pastor

Although most social workers need a bachelor’s degree in social work, clinical social workers must have a master’s degree and 2 years of post-master’s experience in a supervised clinical setting. Clinical social workers must also be licensed in the state in which they practice.

Education

A bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW) is the most common requirement for entry-level positions. However, some employers may hire workers who have a bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as psychology or sociology.

A BSW prepares students for direct-service positions such as caseworker or mental health assistant. These programs teach students about diverse populations, human behavior, social welfare policy, and ethics in social work. All programs require students to complete supervised fieldwork or an internship.

Some positions require a master’s degree in social work (MSW), which generally takes 2 years to complete. Master’s degree programs in social work prepare students for work in their chosen specialty by developing clinical assessment and management skills. All programs require students to complete a supervised practicum or an internship.

A bachelor’s degree in social work is not required in order to enter a master’s degree program in social work. Although a degree in almost any major is acceptable, courses in psychology, sociology, economics, and political science are recommended. Some programs allow graduates with a bachelor’s degree in social work to earn their master’s degree in 1 year.

In 2015, there were more than 500 bachelor’s degree programs and more than 200 master’s degree programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Some universities offer doctoral programs in social work, where students can earn a Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) or a Ph.D. Most doctoral programs in social work require students to have a master’s in social work and experience in the field. Many doctor’s students go on to work as postsecondary teachers.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states have licensure or certification requirements for nonclinical social workers. Requirements vary by state.

All states require clinical social workers to be licensed. However, some states provide exemptions for clinical social workers who work in government agencies. Becoming a licensed clinical social worker requires a master’s degree in social work and a minimum of 2 years of supervised clinical experience after graduation. After completing their supervised experience, clinical social workers must pass a clinical exam to be licensed.

Because licensing requirements vary by state, those interested should contact their state board. For more information about regulatory licensure boards by state, contact the Association of Social Work Boards.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Clients talk to social workers about challenges in their lives. To effectively help, social workers must be able to listen to and understand their clients’ needs.

Empathy. Social workers often work with people who are in stressful and difficult situations. To develop strong relationships, they must have compassion and empathy for their clients.

Interpersonal skills. Being able to work with different groups of people is essential for social workers. They need strong people skills to foster healthy and productive relationships with their clients and colleagues.

Organizational skills. Social workers must help and manage multiple clients, often assisting with their paperwork or documenting their treatment.

Problem-solving skills. Social workers need to develop practical and innovative solutions to their clients’ problems.

Time-management skills. Social workers often have many clients and administrative responsibilities. They must effectively manage their time to provide adequate service to all of their clients.

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Youth Pastor Demographics

Gender

Male

83.9%

Female

14.4%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

82.5%

Hispanic or Latino

8.7%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

1.3%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.9%

Korean

13.2%

Mandarin

4.4%

Hebrew

4.4%

Portuguese

2.9%

Chinese

2.9%

French

2.9%

Greek

2.9%

German

1.5%

Czech

1.5%

Japanese

1.5%

Amharic

1.5%

Choctaw

1.5%

Hmong

1.5%

Swahili

1.5%
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Youth Pastor Education

Schools

Liberty University

40.2%

Grand Canyon University

4.4%

Lee University

4.1%

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

4.1%

Indiana Wesleyan University

3.8%

Southwestern Assemblies of God University

3.6%

Dallas Theological Seminary

3.6%

University of Phoenix

3.3%

Fuller Theological Seminary

3.3%

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

3.0%

Nazarene Bible College

3.0%

Southeastern University

3.0%

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

3.0%

Moody Bible Institute

3.0%

North Central University

2.7%

Asbury Theological Seminary

2.7%

University of Central Arkansas

2.5%

Evangel University

2.5%

Olivet Nazarene University

2.2%

Oral Roberts University

2.2%
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Majors

Theology

33.0%

Pastoral Counseling And Specialized Ministries

11.0%

Biblical Studies

9.3%

Business

8.8%

Religion

6.5%

Education

5.1%

Psychology

4.3%

Communication

3.3%

School Counseling

3.2%

Music

2.0%

Criminal Justice

1.8%

Liberal Arts

1.5%

History

1.5%

General Studies

1.4%

Social Work

1.3%

Management

1.3%

Elementary Education

1.2%

Human Services

1.2%

Counseling Psychology

1.1%

Marketing

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.6%

Masters

28.1%

Other

18.6%

Associate

7.1%

Certificate

3.7%

Doctorate

3.2%

Diploma

1.1%

License

0.5%
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Real Youth Pastor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Youth/Em Pastor Korean United Methodist Church of South Florida Tamarac, FL Jan 02, 2016 $55,000
Youth Pastor Donghang Church Inc. Duluth, GA May 20, 2015 $49,483
Pastor of Youth Ministries Calvary Christian Reformed Church Pella, IA Dec 19, 2016 $46,000
Youth Pastor/English Ministry Pastor Vancouver Korean Presbyterian Church Vancouver, WA Mar 10, 2012 $40,133
Paster for Youth & Young Adults Hanael Baptist Church Fairfax, VA Nov 25, 2011 $36,898
Paster for Youth & Young Adults Hanael Baptist Church Fairfax, VA Dec 08, 2011 $36,898
Youth Pastor Apostles Lutheran Church Chesapeake, VA Feb 29, 2008 $33,720
Youth Pastor The First Generation Church Lansdale, PA Oct 01, 2012 $32,286
Youth Pastor Broward Junior Academy Plantation, FL Aug 15, 2009 $31,305
Youth Pastor The First Generation Church Lansdale, PA Sep 30, 2013 $29,406
Youth Pastor Alaska Korean Christian Reformed Church Anchorage, AK Oct 01, 2009 $28,891
Youth Pastor Antioch Korean Baptist Church, Inc. Alexandria, VA Jul 11, 2016 $28,746
Youth Pastor/English Ministry Pastor Vancouver Korean Presbyterian Church Vancouver, WA Mar 10, 2015 $27,518
Youth Pastor Korean Baptist Church of Sonoma County Cotati, CA Mar 18, 2009 $27,310
Youth Pastor The Great Love Church Inc. Duluth, GA Sep 18, 2013 $26,234

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Top Skills for A Youth Pastor

BibleStudyYouthGroupOutreachEventsYouthMinistryProgramSmallGroupDiscipleshipYouthEventsWorshipServicesGODChristianEducationSpecialEventsYouthActivitiesCounselStudentMinistryOversightPublicSpeakingBaptistYouthLeadersYouthDepartmentSupervise

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Top Youth Pastor Skills

  1. Bible Study
  2. Youth Group
  3. Outreach Events
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed monthly curriculum for Bible study and spiritual formation.
  • Coordinated activities with multiple area youth groups.
  • Planned, staffed, and administrated community outreach events, as well as raising and deploying funds for calendared activities.
  • Developed and facilitated youth ministry program in church setting.
  • Recruited, trained and mentored volunteers to facilitate small groups and worship for junior and senior high ministry.

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