///Youth Worker: Stick With It

Youth Worker: Stick With It

Do you ever have weeks where you think, “What on earth am I doing?” Yes? Oh good, I’m glad I’m not the only one. There are some days where I feel there are so many fires to put out and the best way to handle my time is to figure out which fire to put out first before it got too big that it burned everything down.

Then I read this:

Hebrews 10:23

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

Right now, with any sort of transition of leadership, we have had a lot of leaders transition out of volunteering for our student ministry. There has been leaders who were moving for school, leaders who have had family things, or leaders we have asked to step down, but from what I understand this is the smallest our volunteer team has ever been. This scares me. We need a lot of manpower to do the type of relational ministry we would like to do. I was getting down on myself as a leader.

But when I read this verse the other day, something spoke to me. I know I was called to this ministry. I know God is faithful and if I am doing what I truly feel God is calling me to do with the direction of the ministry, He is faithful to come through. In that instant, I realized the leaders that stuck around are incredible. They are relational giants and they did a majority of the work anyways. They are the glue to what we do. It was just a change in the thought process. Then later that day, I got 4 emails of 4 brand new people (solid people) who want to get involved in the student ministry. Praise God! He really does provide you with everything you need to do what you do.

If anything, this post is one of encouragement. “Hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” Hold fast onto the Lord because He has called you to where you are, to those students, to that church. He is faithful and fruit will come from it. Keep going.

Honored to be in the trenches of youth ministry with you!

 

@justinknowles3

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About the Author:

Justin Knowles has been a pastor for the last 10 years and is the Lead Student Ministries Pastor at Christ’s Church of the Valley in San Dimas, CA. He oversees 7th-12th grade and has an amazing team he does it all with. He hosts The Other Student Ministry Podcast, loves to write about his ministry journey and teach at all kinds of camps. Him and his wife Kristin has a baby boy named Graham and a cat named CATalie Portman.

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