For the last few years, I have ceased to be a full time salaried youthworker/minister/whatever. Thankfully, the role for which I now draw a salary has some engagement with young people but it is no longer the primary role. This means that much of my contribution in the youth work world is done as a volunteer and after over 15 years in salried roles, this has been quite a change.
The advantages of being a volunteer in youth work and ministry?
1) The politics of organisation can be more readily avoided (not ignored though!)
2)People in authority often treat you better
3) It is easier to avoid the red herrings to effective work
4) Influence on behalf of the youth team is expanded
These were my top four – it has to be said that I miss aspects of that salaried role but nevertheless, love the things I am doing now. Neither is better, or worse, its just different. A little like the Starbucks logo change……hmmmmmmm.