From One Youth Pastor to Another

April 22, 2013 — Leave a comment

What happens when three youth workers, who have never met, meet at Starbucks? A trifecta of encouragement, unity, and collaboration. I experienced this trifecta at SYMC just over a month ago. I met complete strangers who were excited to swap youth ministry stories and their passion for God over a grande vanilla blond roast.

It’s been over a month since SYMC, and I’m determined to continue seeking friendships with my fellow youth workers. So here’s what I did recently. I goggled churches I pass on my daily drive and wrote their youth pastors an email. In the email I introduced myself, and Dave, the new youth pastor at my church. I explained that we’re both new to the area and want to be connected to other youth workers.

Steven from victory church in Westminster was the first to agree to meet with us.Thank you Steven!

Steven reached out to two complete strangers. He poured his heart out about student ministry. He also gave us better understanding of the demographics and realities that create awesome ministry opportunities in our area.

Here are 3 reasons I walked away from our youth pastor Starbucks hang totally refueled for ministry.

1. Iron sharpens iron.
Hearing someone else’s passion for youth ministry is inspiring. It makes you want to get back to your church and re-energize your efforts.

2. Steven shared reminders we needed to hear.

“We’re called to lay a biblical foundation where there is none.”

Information Steven has learned about our area has made him aware that many students don’t have the opportunity to receive a biblical foundation or worldview at home. Steven reminded us that we could offer a biblical foundation and worldview to students where there is none.

“Worship and God moments are key in our relationship with God.”

The closeness students feel to God during worship and special moments like a spiritual retreat, will be something they can hold onto for life. It will draw them back to God in their darkest moments. We should do everything we can to provide a solid worship experience and God moments.

“Spend time with God and do what he tells you to do.”

This is probably the thing I’ll remember the most. I lean on my experience a lot. I never want to forget to get on my knees and follow the leading of God’s spirit. Thanks for saying it Steven.

3. We left the meeting with a new ministry friend and a heart to support one another. Dave and I are praying for Steven and his team and we know he’s doing the same for us.

I love the words written by poet John Donne:

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.

Great things happen when we get out of our office and off our church campus. Two other youth pastors answered my email and I can’t wait to hang out with them and grow my group of ministry friends.

Reach out to a fellow youth pastor this week and make a ministry friend. Start with the church across the street.

1 Corinthian 12:12
The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

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