Parents and Youth Pastors Disagree about the Biggest Challenge in Youth Ministry
Between 2013 and 2016, there hasn’t been a whole lot of change in how youth pastors rank the challenges they face.
Here are the biggest changes between the 2013 and 2016 data:
- “Busyness of Youth” decreased from 86% in 2013 to 74% in 2016.
- “Lack of Parent Interest” decreased from 41% in 2013 to 34% in 2016.
- “Breakdown of Families” decreased from 31% in 2013 to 24% in 2016.
- “Lack of Adult Volunteers” increased from 22% in 2013 to 29% in 2016.
Where parents disagree…
With “busyness of youth” still topping the list of challenges for youth pastors, it’s fascinating to note that parents involved in this survey didn’t agree. Only 11% of parents say the biggest challenge to their child’s involvement in youth ministry is that they are “way too busy”, and 31% say their child actually “needs more to do.”
There could be some biases at play here, including a parent’s concern about college admissions and the evaluation of their child’s activity level. If that particular bias, it could be assumed that high-income parents (whose children are most likely to attend college) are likelier than others to say their teen “needs more to do.”
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