It’s crazy to think that it has been 19 months since I moved out to New England to do youth ministry at RCC.  When I think back over this past year and a half, I can’t help but think of all the changes.  Some changes have been for the good, while others haven’t.  For instance, our middle school ministry has had times where it seems to be exploding with new people…but our high school students have began checking out due to their priorities switching.  We’ve started a new student band, and they are doing great.  However, we’ve also lost several of our key volunteers due to them moving.  All in all, I would see the ministry as a success, but it’s hard to get those “failures” out of my mind.  What can I do to keep the high school students focusing on God and church instead of work?  How long will it take for people to see church and youth group as not just another extracurricular activity, but so much more?

As I ponder these thoughts, I’m reminded of how I’ve been told by many people that the ministry will only go as far as the leader is able to take it…and that if I want the ministry to grow, I need to be growing.  In actuality, I long for the day when I can grow as I once did while in college and seminary.  It was so great having professors pouring into you 4-5 days of the week.  You almost couldn’t help but grow deeper in your faith and fall deeper in love with God.  Now, I’m on my own…and I’m the one leading others to the cross of Christ.  If I’m not constantly studying the Bible and evaluating my ministry, what good am I?  Overall, this has been an eye-opening past 19 months…and an even more eye-opening blog entry today.  I ask that you all pray for me as I begin to take this ministry, that God has called me to, to the next level in the next 19 months and beyond.  Thanks for all your support!  May God bless you!

All about Him,

One thought on “Ministry Update 5-29-2009

  1. I can imagine that handling the pressures of a youth leader can become extremely stressfull at times. Its always hard when you find the lives of those that you have pured yourself into; pointing them to a deeper relationship with God; allowing other priorities to take place over Christian fellowship. However as long as you are growing yourself, and are pointing the youth that you have been entrusted with to the truth of God’s word, then you are carrying out your God- given task. Always trust God to work out the details and change lives…. I will be praying for you my friend.

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