Dear Youth Minister,
I know sometimes your job well done goes unnoticed and you feel taken for granted… A lot of people just don’t seem to understand and they seem to be too busy to really, genuinely care or even take an interest in the next generation for which you are pouring yourself out… Just thought I’d send a quick note to remind you why you don’t quit.
You don’t quit because you don’t work for them. God has called you into His mission to rescue young people from the sin and apathy that subtly choke the life out of them before they even have a chance to fully live. He is the one that works through your efforts to resuscitate a generation that is desperate for a breath of true hope. You’re not responsible to the hearts of the people who look right past you and the students you love – but to the Father who loves us all… so you keep moving forward with Him.
You don’t quit because your kids are awesome! They may be ignored by most of the adults in their lives, but you’ve seen what can be… you’ve seen the glimmer of life that blooms when Jesus moves in. You’ve seen them set aside their own egos and agendas in order to do what God is calling them to do, even if they don’t know the outcome. You’ve seen them try – and keep trying and praying and learning to work to reveal the Kingdom to their friends who don’t see it… so you keep working with them to help them hone their craft and offer the best of what they have to give to a King who deserves nothing less.
You don’t quit because you’ve seen the future. If the church abandons the young the way much of the rest of culture has, it will be further relegated to a place of scorn and shame, set on a back shelf to collect nothing but dust and mold. As long as it is called ‘today’ you’ll not let that happen without doing everything possible to see God turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers. You love the Bride of Christ too much to let her be put out to pasture like some old cow… so you keep showing up in some strange stretch of time, trying to connect yesterday with tomorrow.
Your job in student ministry will result in waves of change you may never fully see. But those waves are part of a history shaping tide that will demolish the gates of Hell. It’s never going to be easy, it’s never going to be finished, and nothing in this world will be an adequate reward… so work hard, stay fresh, and remember Who you work for. May God strengthen you and sustain the work He’s doing in and through you.
In Hope and In Faith
A Part of Your Tribe