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Become A Youth Pastor

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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

  • $42,350

    Average Salary

What Does A Youth Pastor Do

A Youth Pastor is focused on offering spiritual guidance. They also ensure that the youth ministry is functioning in an effective and focused manner.

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.


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


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Korean

  • Mandarin

  • Hebrew

  • Portuguese

  • Chinese

  • French

  • Greek

  • German

  • Czech

  • Japanese

  • Amharic

  • Choctaw

  • Hmong

  • Swahili

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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


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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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