Not to long ago a girl in my ministry asked me, “what exactly do you do?” I was a little caught off guard and stumbled around my words, so I thought I would take just a little bit of time and share with you what youth ministry looks like on a day to day basis.
Here are some examples of what I do: pray, study, read, keep up with teen culture (not very easy to do), preach, teach, share, text, email, facebook, administrate, organize, make phone calls, return phone calls, conflict resolution, plan activities, hospital visits, confront, encourage, get frustrated, strategize, buy new tools for ministry, edit video, clean up, talk to parents, support my pastor, go to meetings, travel, meet new people, raise money, balance my time with my family, go to school events (concerts, games, …), develop leaders, update website, share life with others, stay up all night, drive a bus and go out to eat!
There are so many reasons that I love what I do–The primary reason is seeing teenager’s give their life to Christ. The other night at church I was talking to a girl about her life and I realized that the conversation needed a little more attention then a 3 or 4 minute chat so I gave her my cell number and we ended up talking on the phone for about 45 minutes. This young lady gave her life to Christ on the phone that night! The fact that God can use someone like me (who deserves nothing that I have) is a realistic picture of the grace of God.
My youth group aka…MZS is amazing! There are some awesome kids that God is molding and shaping into the image of HIS SON. I love to see teenager’s get connected into the group. I feel that God has His hand upon us and is ready to use ALL of us if we will be obedient to HIS calling!
- What if each student truly became obedient to what God desires for their life?
- What if each of us really got passionate about inviting our friends to church?
- What if we truly realized that God has so much more to offer us than the world.
- What if we dropped our masks when we came to church and told people who we really were so we could begin the process of becoming what God really wants?
- What if our youth ministries became a place synonymous with love, acceptance and grace?
This is what I desire to see happen in our group. Are you willing to become an Ambassador for Jesus Christ? This is God’s plan and purpose for you! You are God’s Masterpiece–don’t settle for the status quo.
Jody Shelton is a student pastor in Atlanta, GA. Check out his blog at http://jodyshelton.org.