So I have really love being involved with my church for the past three years as a youth worker with middle school and high school students because of the people, students and volunteers, that I am with. Ever since I felt God’s calling into ministry, I have always thought that he wants me to focus on serving in “Student Ministry” (both kids and teenagers). The last few days I’ve been thinking about why I want to be a youth pastor.
I remember my youth pastors and the influence they have had on my life. They helped me develop a strong relationship with God, gave me some life lessons, taught me about the Bible, and gave me experiences to serve God and my friends. They never did this only from a program perspective, but also in relationship and one-on-one discipleship opportunities. Things like youth conferences, discipleship classes, sermons, missions trips, and hanging out at Starbucks early once a week before school.
The more I think about God’s calling in my life along with the encouragement, comfort, and advice of my parents and youth leaders gave me, the more I want to do more to invest in student’s lives and engage them with God’s love through listening to their thoughts and concerns about life, talking about lessons I have learned, showing them more of who God is, and having fun!
I know that getting a dream job as a Youth Pastor won’t make things easier or better, but I do know that it is a step into learning how to trust God more and obey His instructions as I live to proclaim the love and truth found in the gospel to the people I love.