Planking, Hair Color, Pizza, and Jesus! that was the case this weekend as our Student Ministry took 50 Middle School students to a Conference in Ocean City MD. 3 days of non-stop fun and impartation!
With all the fun we had, getting to know students better and building relationships with other leaders, God opened my eyes to a “must have” in order for our student ministry to grow and reach generations. Student Ministers. Jon McKee taught a seminar this weekend called “Ministry by Teenagers” that ROCKED MY WORLD! It opened my eyes to the reality and necessity there is to develop better ministers amongst our students.
Why Ministers? Well, John pointed out a great point. Sometimes we use the term “Student Leaders” for those students that organize games or help set up chairs. That’s not a Leader, that’s a Volunteer. I liked his usage of the title “Student Minister” and what he described as the process of developing those types of leaders (I’m still collecting that information so i wont attempt to give you step-by-step instructions just yet). But, what i can tell you is that It consisted of evaluating your student ministry and identifying those students who have a mature outlook on their faith and are ready to use their gifts, callings, talents, or service to help others. And the reality is, not every potential “Student Minister/Leader” is willing to step up and take on that challenge. Some are shy. Some think too little or too highly of themselves. Some are not sure what a student minister does.
That’s where “WE” come in. The Pastors, Parents, Leaders, and Mentors. It’s up to us to challenge, encourage, and pray for this generation to recognize they have what it take to bring the next Big Revival. The next Move of God. And the attitude to live “radiKal” lives for Jesus Christ. One thing is for sure. If we don’t live up to our part, how can we expect them to know their purpose?