Recently I have been reminded about a painful truth about ministry life and the pastor sub-culture that each of us is a part of whether we like it or not. Sitting having a coffee with a student last week I was reminded of this:
What doesn’t matter to students:
1-Who follows / mentions us on Twitter
2-Where we spoke on the weekend
3-How many people read our blogs
What does matter to them:
1-That we love Jesus and passionately model that relationship to them.
2-That we sincerely care about their life and their story.
3- That we encourage them and pray for them often.
In the midst of opportunities and distractions, its so easy to forget that the students that we lead don’t care about all the other stuff. They just need us to Pastor and lead them, to accept them and encourage them, be there when we say we will and passionately shepherd them. Our integrity to speak about leadership is rooted in us being healthy, rooted leaders at the local Church level working in the trenches.