In case you didn’t know, my wife and I are in Mexico this week. This post, along with the rest this week are automated and are sharing some of the insights that I’ve gained from handing a ministry over to someone else.
Ever have one of those weeks or maybe even months where you just have no idea why you are doing what you are doing? I had about a 6 month period like that about a year ago. I knew that God had called me to Switch, but it just felt as if I couldn’t find any momentum in my personal life or in the ministry that I was personally involved in.
You know how I got out of that funk. Two separate encouragements.
One from a parent. They just said,
I wanted to say thanks, my kid loves coming to Switch. We had to fight our kids to get them to come to church, but now they are really angry if we are late! I used to tell them, I don’t care if you don’t want to go to church, we don’t go to church because we like it, we go because it’s the right thing to do! But now, they love it! Which makes our family excited to come on Sundays. You are really making a difference! Thanks!
Another instance came from a student they told me how much they loved an event and I asked them why and they told me that their leader was the best! The best part was that their leader was a newer volunteer. I was so overwhelemd with God working in the life of that student, but I was more encouraged that God was working in that new leader to lead some kids closer to Christ.
So I keep a file on my Evernote called, Don’t be stupid. It’s a file where I keep encouraging notes and tidbits from students, parents, and volunteers.
If you are struggling to figure out if you are being effective, just remember that God loves you and gave up His son for you. If that’s not awesome, I don’t know what is.
If you are a youth pastor struggling to feel effective, know that I’m praying for you. I pray that God shows you just what He is doing through you!
If you are a parent or student, please tell all the youth pastors that will read this post, why they should keep giving it their all!