“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven:” -Ecclesiastes 3:1
There’s one thing we as Student Pastors constantly find ourselves avoiding. It’s the proverbial elephant in the room. Everyone knows it’s there, but no one wants to discuss it. We pretend that if we ignore it long enough, it will go away, but it’s staring back at us every time we look up. It’s a truth that pursues us, and yet we believe that, although countless others have succumbed to it, we will somehow outrun it. We’re wrong.
One day we have to look in the mirror and admit to ourselves that our time in Student Ministry (for most of us) will eventually come to an end.
For my wife and I…at least at our home church…that time came today.
We can never fully explain why God does what He does. It was several months ago when we felt God was leading us to resign as Youth Pastors of our home church. It was something with which we struggled, because we took this opportunity with no further aspirations. I didn’t take this role as a first step to “something better.” I’ve never wanted to do anything but Student Ministry, and I never wanted to do it anywhere other than here.
As I began to explain to our Pastor and Senior Pastor last September how I was feeling, with tears streaming down my face, they assured me they were feeling the same way, and this was indeed the hand of God. Although I took some comfort in that, it’s certainly hard to let go. The emotion overtook me again as we explained the transition to our students Friday, and as the church honored us this morning. It’s been an incredible journey.
I don’t think we are done in Student Ministry as a whole (I am just 28, after all). We are still a part of the Florida District Youth Team. We are open to going somewhere else, if that’s God’s will. But that’s the toughest part…we don’t really know what God has for us next.
We are learning exactly what it means to walk by faith and not by sight. We’re not sure what the next step is. It may be here, and there’s a large part of me that hopes it is. It may be somewhere else, and there’s a part of me that finds that idea exciting and scary at the same time. Right now, we’re going to take it one day at a time and do what our hands find to do with all our might. We’ll have more time to work on other church projects, preach out some, and spend time together as a family as we prepare for our newest addition to arrive in August.
There are many mixed emotions right now. Relief. Pain. Sadness. Excitement. Fear of the unknown. I know God has a reason though, and ultimately we are looking forward to our next season. Please pray with us as we embark on this new journey.
PS- I do plan to continue to maintain this blog and stay involved with any form of Student Ministry that I am able to. We will continue to work with our youth, but mostly by assisting the Youth Team with this transitional period. God bless, and thanks for reading.