I don’t do student ministry for the fun and games. I don’t do it for all the late nights and teenage drama. I don’t do it for all the trips and traveling. I don’t even do it for the pizza. 🙂
I do student ministry because of the future.
Students are the church of today but they’re the leaders of tomorrow. By doing student ministry, I get to shepherd hearts for today and mold leaders for tomorrow. Reproduction is vision for the future and student ministry is daily reproducing myself in the leaders of tomorrow.
When Paul invited Timothy along with him, that’s exactly what he was doing. While Paul was preaching sermons, planting churches and shepherding hearts around the world, he was molding Timothy to lead tomorrow.
The greatest joy of my student ministry life is watching students move from being “kids” to being “partners.” Every Sunday morning at Soma, I get to be led in worship by former students and it’s one of the sweetest experiences of my life. Every Sunday night at Youth Group, I get to serve alongside some former students who are now molding the next generation. Occasionally, I get phone calls and messages from former students who have moved away and now they’re leading in worship, children and student ministry and hearing their stories swells my heart with pride.
I love students and I enjoy hanging out with them. But that’s not why I do student ministry.
I do student ministry because I believe in the potential of their future and it’s the most worthwhile investment I can imagine making.
Who’s future are you investing in?