In a way, I like being referred to as 'young', including in the sense as a 'young pastor', but like Will Deuel, I find the appellation a bit odd:
All of that adds up to one simple fact: I was commissioned as a probationary Elder just a couple of months prior to my 39th birthday. The irony is that while I was at the district picnic more than one person commented, “You’re a pastor? You’re a young pastor!”
To quote Chris Rock, “Forty isn’t young. Forty is only young if you die when you’re forty.”
If I’m thought of as a young pastor at 39, there’s a problem in the church. I am a youthful 39, but I’m still 39.