There may be no more challenging ministry to individuals than that of the youth pastor and leader. So often, it seems to be a lonely venture! Our Baptist Association here in Greene County, Missouri, desires to create an environment of support and encouragement for every youth leader in our churches, whether they are volunteer, part-time or full-time vocational youth pastors.
Our Association had the vision to call a specialist with years of experience in youth ministry and pastoral care in 2010 to serve on staff. Rev. Doug Watson came to the position of Youth Ministry Consultant after serving as youth pastor previously for nine years in one of the largest churches in the GCBA, Ridgecrest Baptist Church. His unique perspective having served “in the trenches” working with teens in Greene County for years gives us a special resource and leadership that can benefit our youth leaders.
Doug and the Associational office maintain a database for each youth leader and church in our association, so we encourage you to connect with our office or directly with Doug if you are not receiving e-mails and communications about student work in our area.
417 Youth Leaders Network is an evangelical fellowship for youth pastors, and church or organizational leaders with responsibilities ministering to teens. We encourage every GCBA youth worker or leader to connect with this organization, including their monthly "free" lunches!
There is no cost to be part of this fellowship.
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