As a Pastor of Student Ministry, one of my favorite nights of the week is Sunday. Sunday night is when we meet for youth group. Jr High and Sr High both meet, one before the other, so I get 4 hours on Sunday night to have youth group and spend time with students. Quite often, Sunday night is the highlight of my week.
This week I am on vacation. It’s nice to have a break and just get to relax. This weekend, I’ve actually had free time to enjoy watching football…something I am rarely able to do. But I’ll admit that while I’m enjoying vacation and watching a lot of football, I did miss being at youth group.
I’m blessed to have an Adult Leader team, Student Ministry team, and an awesome youth group full of “wicked cool” students (when you live in New England, you have to learn to speak the lingo). Because of that, when I am traveling for vacation or another reason, youth group is still able, for the most part, to meet like regular.
Since I’m on vacation, I was texting one of my Adult Leaders to see how things went at youth group. They told me that things went well; all the different students who had led different elements of youth group that night had done a good job. But the text message that was most encouraging to me was a text message I received from one of my Student Leaders…
One of my goals as a Pastor of Student Ministry is to equip the students in the ministry to do the ministry (I have that same goal for my Adult Leader team as well)…and this text message let me know that is happening. I love it!
Ephesians 4:11-12 says “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.” As a Pastor I’m to be equipping the saints to do the ministry, and the students in my Student Ministry are the audience I have been specifically called by God to equip.
Knowing that is being accomplished allows me to enjoy my vacation without worrying about the ministry while I’m away. It also makes me that much more excited to get back and continue to work alongside both the students and adults who are in the Student Ministry.