But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9
I can’t remember the day of the week anymore, but I can certainly still remember the smell of coffee and biscuits and waking up super early. My youth pastor in high school and I would meet at Bojangles once a week for accountability.
This time was more than just a time for me to share my struggles and burdens, but also a time to connect with someone who had invested in me; someone who I respected greatly.
Unfortunately, the role of the youth pastor doesn’t allow for meetings one-on-one weekly with all students and/or parents in the ministry. That would be phenomenal, but it just isn’t feasible. Honestly, it wouldn’t even be healthy!
When you observe healthy youth groups, you see them making a huge investment in retaining, training, and equipping volunteers and small group leaders who can connect with students genuinely. I listened to a great podcast a few weeks ago put together by YouthMinistryAnswers.com that said all small group leaders are “Youth Pastors of their small groups.”
Have you ever considered this idea?
As believers, God is very clear – we are all responsible to assume this role of minister and priest. God has changed our identity from sinner to saint, we are “God’s special possession”. We are to “declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light;” to literally share the gospel with all those around us. What an exciting challenge and privilege to be called a “chosen people!”
Students are only going to connect with people they trust, have spent time, and with those who really listen to them and take them seriously. Our ministry is growing and we are in need of “Youth Pastors of small groups” – is the Lord calling you to take the step into student ministry? It is an exciting step to live out the calling on our lives to be ministers of the greatest story ever told in a very practical way.
Will you come alongside us?