Darren Sutton is a youth worker and author of the new book, Everyone is Called to Youth Ministry. It released this week from LeaderTreks and is designed to help youth workers recruit, train and encourage a youth ministry team.
1 – you’re on a book writing roll right now! Tell us about your latest project!
Dude, I am so stoked!! This book is coming out of LeaderTreks. And when I talk about it, I feel like those geeky scientists who get way too passionate about their inanimate inventions! I basically bled my youth ministry volunteer philosophy on the page. I believe every single person in the church has a place in your youth ministry – they just don’t know it yet. This book tells you how to find them, what to do with them, and how Jesus can rock your YM world through adults walking alongside you in ministry.
2 – great so we’ve gotten the shameless plug out of the way – now tell other youth pastors a funny story from your time in the trenches:
Oh my gosh….they’re like Lays potato chips….you can never stop with just one!! I serve in a beach community – most all my students are fit and health conscious…they won the anti-lotto when they got me! One night on a mission trip, we were playing hacky sack…and i was dying to prove how limber and awesome fat guys could be!! So I went for the rockin’ roundhouse over-the-head, triple gainer, heel-back-toe smash…and fell flat on my back…so hard it literally shook the concrete slab we were playing on and the basketball backboards in the gym we were playing in. Those kids remember nothing else from that mission trip – and never miss an opportunity to remind me of it! There’s also the time I mistyped a link address in a note I sent to our church e-mail list on behalf of my pastor…and it ended up linking to porn…and looked like it came from him. Good times….good times.
3 – what are you most passionate about?
hacky sack….not really. This is a trick question – because we all know we’re supposed to say Jesus. But I will answer honestly….my family. My wife and kids – I am so out of my league and blessed beyond measure. (I also like teenagers pretty well…and ice cream rounds out the trifecta.)
4 – you have the eyes of a ton of youth workers – what would you say to them?
STOP STARING!! What I would really say is don’t give up. You might walk away from church work. You might dump teenagers. You might even throw in the towel on yourself. But don’t give up on Jesus. He’s the only thing worth going to the mat for….or the concrete slab….
5 – will you dedicate your next book to me?
I don’t know – will you write it with me?