I recently shared with our MS and HS students why I do what I do…why I am a youth pastor. The truth is, I absolutely love my job! I can’t imagine doing anything else. Don’t get me wrong, it has its share of challenges (as any job does), and some days are harder than others, but it’s all worth it!
Here a few reasons why I do what I do:
- I enjoy spending time with MS/HS kids. I’ve heard it said that teens don’t need adults who will act like teens, they need adults who don’t freak out when teens act like teens. I think that’s right on. I have so much fun with our students! They make me laugh and they know how to have fun. I also love that they are starting to think deeply about life’s big questions. I love being a part of that conversation with them.
- My life was changed by youth ministry. I crossed the line of faith in high school. My youth group played a key role in that process. I was an all-around good kid – good grades, well behaved, and a generally nice guy. But I was empty on the inside. I knew there was more to life than what I was living for and I was searching for acceptance and love by achieving. Through my youth group experience I came to understand that I didn’t have to (nor could I) earn God’s approval. He loves me as I am and welcomes me into His family. That kind of love and acceptance transformed my world. Church became my favorite place and I was there whenever the doors were open.
- I desperately want MS/HS kids to know Jesus. I’m constantly reminded of how much is at stake. These kids need to know Jesus! They’re lost without Him. I remember what it was like to go through those difficult teen years without Christ and I know the difference a relationship with Jesus can make. I want to help students experience a real relationship with God…not just a “get out of Hell free card” or how to say and do the right things to be a “good” Christian. I want students to know God personally…that He would be their best friend.
It’s a privilege to do youth ministry in a church that “get’s it”. Thanks for supporting the youth ministry here at ACC.