Spiritual Awakening

Student ministry is the calling of a lifetime.  Through ups and downs, thick and thin, every day I thank God for His calling on my life to student ministry.  This past weekend, after 9 years in student ministry, I experienced God descend upon students in a great way than every before.  This causes me to sit back and reflect on the grand scheme of life and purpose and calling…and rejoice in it.


DiscipleNow weekends are familiar to almost every youth pastor.  These are almost always one of the biggest events on a youth group’s calendar.  It takes planning, time, resources, and people…lots of all!  By the time DNow roles around, a youth pastor can only pray that God blesses the efforts put forth.


This past weekend was our DNow at FBC O’Fallon.  We were blessed to have David Nasser be our DNow speaker.  All of the working parts of DNow seemed to come together.  …And God showed up.  On Friday night we had around 100 students respond to The Call…to trust in Jesus Christ for salvation or to recommit their lives to Him.  On Saturday night nearly every student present boldly committed to follow Christ as disciples.  Small group times were packed full of in-depth Bible study and connecting with one another.  The entire weekend was bathed in the presence and power of God.  Furthermore, we have launched a 40 day challenge that will take us deeper and wider with God than every before.


On this Monday morning as I sit in my office debriefing from the spiritual awakening that is taking place I am simply in awe.  I am in awe of our great God.  I am in awe of my calling to student ministry and to a specific group of students here at FBCO that I am in love with.  I am counting my blessings and shouting to God with praise.  Life is God’s gift.  His plan for each of our lives is His blessing.  Living for and through and with God is what I (and you) have been created for.  Drink deep, plunge in, fully commit to Him. 

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  1. Phil Penrod

    John – it is awsome to see God working with the students. It is also to see God working in and through you. Praise God and to Him all Glory!

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