When a youth minister starts dating, they have to navigate the questions of how and when to introduce their significant other to the church and to the youth.

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Obviously children and a married relationship require different amounts of energy and availability.

However, a young, single person can felt taken advantage of because others assume they can put personal needs on the back burner for the sake of church responsibilities. Youth ministers know that youth in their groups will develop romantic feelings for each other.

) The following observations reveal some of the challenges and realities about life as a single, young, youth minister.

Leading a youth ministry inevitably means that personal and professional life will overlap.

I was hired into paid, full-time youth ministry at the age of 24.

I was single, young, male, not dating anyone, and found myself suddenly surrounded by people that dominated my social schedule…romantic dating just got a lot more complicated.

A young, single person without the responsibilities of a spouse or children must have more flexibility in their schedule, right?

Actually the need to maintain friendships and family is not unique to the married or with kids crowd.

Avoiding overlap can significantly alter the way a youth minister lives their life.

They may choose to live in an area not near the church.

Church members become the social circle for ministers because of the time spent with them.