Why did you become a pastor? When most of our generation is leaving the church, why did you chose to become a leader within it?

 

I found myself a freshman in college, going into my first class as a Graphic Design major, only to fall asleep! I took this as a sign that maybe I wasn’t pursuing the right field God had planned for me.

 

Through a lot of prayer, and a few unique spiritual situations, God called me to youth and young adult ministry. I believe that most of our generation is leaving the church because people who are called by God to lead this generation aren’t stepping up due to fear. The devil hasn’t come up with any new tricks, but the reality of it is that he uses fear to cripple those that God has called. I felt the calling to lead, and although it has been rough, and at times scary, I understand the power of God within me, and that He will complete the work He has started.

 

Who are your greatest influencers?

 

I have a few influencers both in my personal life and ministry, some of these men I know personally, while others are an encouragement to me; Dave Ridder, Mariano Leonczik, Joao Pires, Rich Wilkerson Jr. and Steven Furtick.

 

Would you say that there was one life-changing moment that lead you to Christ or was it more of a journey?

 

Absolutely a journey. I found myself at a point of rock bottom. Yeah, I may have been saved, but throughout my journey there were a few major instances that were really a test of my faith.

 

You have the insane ability to provide platforms that support and connect fellow leaders. Has this always been your passion?

 

Lately, yes. I think as our culture becomes more divisive, it’s important for Christian leaders to stay together. Ministry should be done with others, and the more of us that can get on board, the more influence we will have in our culture.

 

Why is it so important that the church become larger than the building? What advice would you give to a pastor struggling to connect with other ministers?

 

We want our students or young adults to be equipped to reach the world, but often times pastors and leaders are content with just their own way of thinking or doing things. When the church becomes larger than their building they are willing to do unique things, in order to reach a unique world. If you’re a pastor struggling to connect with other ministers I would encourage you to start with friendship, and allow that to grow. Sometimes the best way to connect with other leaders is by serving them. Click To TweetWhen is the last time your youth or young adult ministry did something to bless, or help a youth or young adult ministry from a different church?

 

Why invest in this generation? Many within society and the church have written off millennials and feel like they’re too big of a gamble? What are your thoughts?

 

Jesus died for this generation. Christ doesn't call us to invest in the easy, he calls us to invest in all. Click To Tweet

 

Recently, I heard at a conference, “This generation is not buried in the current culture, its planted.” I believe that this generation was placed in time at this very moment by God for a specific reason. If we give up on this, we could be missing out on one of the biggest revivals in history.

 

How do you want to be remembered? If a student from Bayside Chapel was to describe you in front of their class, what would they say?

 

Someone who points people to Jesus for solutions. I think often times leaders want to be problem solvers, but the reality is often times leaders can make problems worse. My goal is to constantly point our students to Jesus, and show them how He can work mightily through them.

 

What advice would you offer to young men and women who are praying about becoming a youth/young adult pastor?

 

Only do it if your called. This ministry will stretch you, it will wear you down, but the reward and blessing is indescribable. If you view youth or young adult ministry as a stepping stone to a “bigger” or more “influential” ministry, please don’t do it. But if you feel called, willing to stay in youth or young adult ministry for the rest of your life and if you feel that’s God lead, then please, please do it.

 

Many senior pastors are having a difficult time connecting with millennials. What advice would you give them?

 

Build a relationship with them. Many millennials don't care what you have to say until they realize how much you care. Click To Tweet I’m thankful for my relationship with my senior pastor, but that comes out of an understanding that he cares about me as a person more than a staff member. I would encourage senior pastors to be willing to build relationships with young adults, and as a result you will be able to have unique opportunities to speak into their lives.

 

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Colleen Batchelder

Colleen Batchelder has always been passionate about putting Feet to her Faith! She loves traveling the globe minstering at various churches, colleges and conferences speaking to audiences ranging in age from 9 – 101. She speaks on inter-generational communication, reaching millennials within the workplace and church and breaking down generational assumptions.

When she’s not pouring over books, you can find her enjoying a nice Chai Latte, exploring NYC or traveling to a new and exotic destination.
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Colleen Batchelder has always been passionate about putting Feet to her Faith! She loves traveling the globe minstering at various churches, colleges and conferences speaking to audiences ranging in age from 9 – 101. She speaks on inter-generational communication, reaching millennials within the workplace and church and breaking down generational assumptions. When she’s not pouring over books, you can find her enjoying a nice Chai Latte, exploring NYC or traveling to a new and exotic destination.

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