I can sit back and let students lead
Last night was epic. (OK, I stole a word from teens). I can’t fully define my joy over the sight of teens worshipping Jesus in a living room. On a stormy Wednesday night in July, more than 40 teens gathered (on their own initiative), to lift up the name of Jesus. Brooke, Eden, and I sat back to witness one of the greatest treasures of student ministry; students leading. I drove home last night with more happiness than a sale at the PANTS STORE for southern frat boys.
I preach to teens about 48-49 weeks out of the year. I lead events. I plan and provide worship opportunities. I’m on the stage weekly. It’s fun, but it can sometimes feel routine. Wednesday nights arrive like an expected mid-July heat. I know my responsibilities each week. I cherish them and strive through them at the same time. I love being able to proclaim and live the Gospel with students and families weekly. However, to sit back and watch students lead can offer a remedy that no amount of office time can provide. Last night, I was blessed to drink the syrup of God’s practical Gospel being embraced by a room full of Jesus-loving teenagers.
I wonder if Paul felt that joy when he observed Timothy take off in ministry? In letters dripping with majestic theology, I wonder if Paul held a sense of awe over God’s work in young Timothy. As a student pastor, I WANT to see my students succeed. If I can keep the picture of last night in my head, than I can handle a few more stories of tragic compromise by complacent college students. If I can remember all the young voices singing to their Redeemer, than I can handle a few voices singing to the idols of this world.
I am a 30 year old youth pastor. I pray God will give me many more years of this gig. It’s OK to sit back and watch students lead. I hope to have that privilege again soon.
Thank you Lindsey Family for providing your house tonight for the glory of your Savior.
Soli Deo Gloria,