On the brink of DNow (Disciple Now Weekend) at First Baptist O’Fallon, I cannot help but reflect on my journey in life and student ministry. Beginning in ministry at my home church when I was only 18 years old, I was more of a greenie than words can express. Thankful for two amazing student ministers that I had strong relationships with while I myself was a student, I did at least have somewhat of an idea of some of the things that were suppose to happen in student ministry. Sunday School-check. Weekly “youth group”-check. A calendar of events and activities-check. It did not take me long to master the busyness of student ministry.
Nearly 9 years into student ministry, I am awed (and astonished) at how the Lord has matured me. Thankful for a very early start in ministry, I am also thankful for the pastors, fellow student ministers, the pursuit of education, my personal walk with the Lord, and lots and lots…and lots of reading that has matured me personally, in my family, and ministerially. In student ministry, God has brought be from a place of busyness for the sake of busyness to a place of being purpose-fully focused on Jesus Christ in every aspect of ministry.
But one thing I am certain of: I am a work in progress. The moment I am awed at God’s work in my life and ministry, I am quickly reminded of the work the Lord has left to do. This drives me to bask in the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ and fall to my knees and cry holy!
DNow, the biggest event on our student ministry calendar is two days away. Right now, I stop and thank the Lord for His abundant blessing. I thank the Lord for my personal salvation and relationship with Him. I thank the Lord for my beautiful wife and amazing daughter. I thank God for my call to ministry. I thank God for the opportunity to know students, relate to students, do life with students, and minister to students and their families. I cannot thank of a greater life to live than the one the Lord has bestowed upon me. I say this with the humblest of hearts in hope that God finds me living faithfully for Him in every aspect of my existence.
The 3 days of DNow will be packed full, but all for the purpose of CONNECTING students to God and each other, equipping students to FOLLOW God as disciples, and building students up to SERVE God with their lives.