Youth Pastor Spotlight: Rob Penny

  1. Where did you grow up? Victoria, BC, Canada
  2. If you could were stranded at a Mexican gas station, what’s one book you’d want to have with you (with exception to the Bible)? The End of Religion, By Bruxy Cavey. Makes me even more wow’ed by Jesus.
  3. What’s your favorite movie show of all time?
    1. Friday Night Lights
    2. The Walking Dead
    3. Parenthood
    4. Do you remember when and where you were called to ministry? When I was 18, at a young adults service in Victoria. Some intercessor ladies formed a ‘fire tunnel’ (so 90’s) and the rest is history.
    5. What’s one food that you can’t stand? Celery. BARF
    6. Any pet peeves?
      1. SCHMOOZING! It’s just fangirling disguised as networking.
      2. Youth Pastor haircuts. I’m all for fashion, but do we really all have to have the same haircut?
      3. What’s the biggest mistake you ever made in ministry that you look back at and laugh now? My very first Friday night in youth ministry… A girl snuck out with her friends and promptly got hit by a car as she was jaywalking a busy street. She lived. It was totally not my fault. Also, it wasn’t funny at all. But I look back and laugh.
      4. What’s your favorite piece of tech for doing youth ministry? Download Youth Ministry saves my bacon pretty consistently for games!
      5. What do you enjoy doing outside of youth ministry? Hockey, basketball, and worship leading.
      6. What’s the worst injury that’s happened to a student at youth group?
        1. See numero 7.
        2. The runner-up… We turned off all the lights in the church during an All-nighter, and played a game that required running through the auditorium. It just so happens, the auditorium was full of vintage wooden pews for seating. When head meets vintage wooden pew in the dark, it ain't pretty.
        3. Yea or nay to all-nighters? NAYYYY. So much cost, so little impact (in my opinion).
        4. What’s the best event you’ve ever done with students? A year-long discipleship program/commitment from students, culminating in a mission trip at the end of the year (I love the LA Dream Center). The mission trip is the carrot that helps keeps students committed, and it creates a great platform for discipleship outside of Friday Nights.
        5. If you could gather all the youth pastors in our province in a room, what would you want to say to them? Be confident in who he made you to be. Insecurity often looks like humility. But it’s actually pride. Pride is simply relying more on yourself and your ability, than on him and his ability to work in and through you. We all have a unique skill set, personality, and calling, but we all serve the same Jesus. No need to compare. This is my daily struggle too.
        6. What’s the hardest part of being a youth pastor? Staying true to your call. Ministry is full of expectations and pressure from your leadership, parents, students, etc. Sometimes you can innocently slide so that you aren’t pursuing God’s unique call on your life, but instead trying to please people and meet expectations. Don’t lose sight of the thing that God uniquely called and created you to do.
        7. What’s your favorite part of being a youth pastor? When students not only have a Jesus encounter but stick around to get discipled. I love seeing young, new believers grow in their relationship with God.