God has recently been calling me to step outside of my comfort zone and to put my words, thoughts, and skills to use beyond my everyday responsibilities. I have clearly been called to serve God within the context of student ministry, but I often wonder what that looks like on a day-to-day basis. There are so many ways to do student ministry. All you have to do is google ‘philosophy of student ministry’ and you will experience the abundance of wisdom and knowledge there is on the topic. Many youth pastors step into ministry thinking they know exactly what needs to happen to grow a healthy student ministry. Whether it be an attractional, a missional, a video-game and pizza, a small group, or relational approach to youth ministry, there is one thing we can never miss – the truth, message, and love of Jesus Christ!
My passion lies in empowering students to experience Jesus through discipleship, leadership, and missional involvement. But again, I constantly ask myself – ‘What does that actually look like?’ My desire is to share my experiences, thoughts, and yes, even opinions, in regards to Christ Centered Student Ministry. I do not have all of the answers nor am I perfectly carrying out every aspect of ministry, but through God’s grace I am constantly allowing Him to working in and through me.
So what does all of this mean? My prayer is to be there to encourage, assist, and develop community amongst youth pastors and leaders from all walks of life – in other words the old vets and the young guys who are actively involved in student ministry! If there is anything on your mind in regards to life in youth ministry that you would like to share, write about, or even discuss further in conversation feel free to let me know.
Over the next few days I will introduce more of who I am and also go into depth on the topics of discipleship within student ministry, leadership development, and missional involvement. I am excited to see what God has in store and how He desires to use Christ Centered Student Ministry! Take a few seconds to follow, and let me know your initial feedback!