Brett at a glance:
Where were you born? Calgary, Alberta
Married? Ahhh yeah! Nearly 3 years to the love of my life, Robyn.
Kids? Nope, but someday it’ll happen.
What Church are you at? First Assembly
How long have you been there? I was basically born on the pew, but I’ve been on staff for 3 months.
Q: What’s your favorite city to visit?
A: Well, I feel fortunate to have travelled a lot in my few years of life but I think that my favourite city is London, England. Been there 4 times and it’s awesome every time! Also, Cape Town, South Africa is legit… oh and Iceland, also worth visiting!
Q: Favorite Movie?
A: I do love the Marvel movies but I think the Lord of the Rings trilogy is a thing of legends.
Q: Favorite Youth Ministry moment?
A: Most of my youth ministry moments are from sunnyside youth camp each summer. Something powerful happens when youth come together from all over the province with an expectation for God to move in their lives. The altar ministry times are absolutely powerful. Those times and encounters have impacted my life as a youth and I know the same is possible for students I have the privilege of leading! Also, the cabin times where it’s just the counselor and the boys and we open up about faith, God, man struggles and whatnot… and seeing the Lord bring real freedom to these kids! It’s something that is always a real highlight of my year.
Oh, and for those few who know the struggle for victory… the feeling of raising that coveted Eggs Game trophy over your head is also a thing of beauty! :) #YOLO
Q: What’s your least favorite fast food joint?
A: It’s funny, I’ve read a few of these pastor highlights and there seems to be a common trend… Taco Bell. I’d rather not disturb my peaceful normal bodily functions.
Q: Any pet peeves?
A: People not understanding the concept of a merge lane. Anyone else with me on this one???
Q: What’s the biggest mistake you ever made in ministry? What’d you learn?
A: Oh, I got a real doozy. It’s a personal one but it’s a good one! I may or may not have experienced some people’s deepest darkest fear... a real fear for many people. It goes like this, getting up to speak in front of a group of like a hundred people and completely blanking on your message… not for like 5 minutes, but stumbling over myself for 20-25 looooooong minutes… I was sweating. I wasn’t pastoring at this point, just youth leading, and the pastor wasn’t there to recover for me so I just kept going and going and going and going... I think my most memorable repeated quote I said was, “I am soo sorry guys, this is actually really hard!” hahaha!! I think I said that 10 times… I couldn’t even get two thoughts across. Like trying to talk about Adam and Eve eating the forbidden fruit… nope, got that one mixed up too. Just so you feel the emotion of the moment, my wife told me she was crying for me in the back because she felt soooo bad for me! I felt so bad for those new kids whose friend invited them to church for the first time… yeah! I know. Don’t think they came back!
Now… did I learn from this experience, YES! I learned a few valuable lessons… tough lessons but a lesson nonetheless. I learned that you should never try to preach someone else’s sermon… never to deliver a message that first hasn’t delivered you. I learned to not take myself so seriously, oh, and that that kids are forgetful and forgiving. Even if I preached my best sermon ever, they would probably forget what I said as soon as they walked out the door anyways!! Kids aren’t impacted by good or even terrible sermons, they’re impacted by a leader who walks alongside them through life. I also learned not to receive my value in my ability to “preach a good sermon.” Immediately after I finished speaking, I felt the Lord comfort me and I thought in my head, “I would preach next week if I was asked!” And a few weeks later, I was back in the saddle, preaching in front of those same students. It was a humbling experience but such is life sometimes! God can use any situation to teach a lesson, even an embarrassing failure!
Q: What do you enjoy doing outside of youth pastoring?
A: I enjoy being with my wife. She’s absolutely amazing! I have great friends and love being with them. And I love travel; been to 27 countries and counting! I also am quite the Settlers of Catan: Cities & Knights player. Pastor James Clarence and I are in a bit of a competition right now trying to prove who is the ultimate champion between the two of us (which is obviously me, but don’t tell him that!!)
Q: What’s the best event you’ve ever done with students?
A: Well I haven’t hosted or planned too many events since I’ve only been on staff for 3 months but this summer’s event lineup should be legit… touch base with me later about that one and hopefully it’s a success!
Q: What’s your biggest ministry struggle at the moment?
A: I am bivocational. I have my own construction tile setting business so a good balance between church ministry, tile work, marriage and the rest of life is a delicate balancing act. Oh and I am going to university this fall too so that is one more thing to add to the balance sheet. Pray for me.
Q: If you could gather all the youth pastors in our province in a room, what would you want to say to them?
A: Well, first I’d probably ask for some advice since I’m new to this thing… but since I was asked the question... if there was one thing I could encourage the pastors in, it would be one simple thing… to never lose sight of people’s value. Even on our darkest, most willful day, Jesus never lost sight of us (Romans 5:6,8). I’d encourage pastors to have that same perspective about those students that can be a real challenge. They don’t need a frustrated leader, they need Christ in you to be the example of love needed to redeem and restore.
Q: Is there something that the youth pastors of the province can be praying towards for you?
A: Well, like I aforementioned, I’m new to this thing, so pray for wisdom and humility as I move forward!
Q: Where can people connect with you online?
A: firstname.lastname@example.org // Insta: @b_stauff