Moving into my 15th year of full-time youth and family ministry, I began to wonder, what makes someone an expert in their field? Are you an expert if you work over a certain number of years at 1 particular church? What if you write a book or have one of Youth Cartel's top 25 Youth Ministry blogs? Does that make you an expert? Are you a wiser veteran if you have gray hair, a seminary degree or a white collar around your neck?
What is it that makes someone an expert in their field where others can learn from them and where their "voice" is worth listening to? And, does it even matter?