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Along the Way

I came to the realization last week that I just completed my 4th year of service here at Wayne Presbyterian Church.  How did 4 years fly by so quickly?  Because of this, I spent sometime today thinking about some of the things I have learned along the way in youth ministry. 


You don’t have to be boring to be serious.  Anyone who works with teenagers will tell you that the best way to make sure that no one listens to you is by being boring.  Teenagers today spend 8 hours a day, 5 days a week in a classroom, the last thing they want to go is go somewhere and be lectured to about something.  But faith does not have to be dry, and in fact ought not to be.  The best learning happens when people aren't realizing it, when they are so engaged in the topic and the activities that they don’t realize that they are taking in information.  

Relational ministry is more impacting than informational ministry.  We all people, maybe even us, who were transformed by a message that was spoken to them.  I have seen though that the longest lasting change occurs in people who have been truly invested in by other people.  It’s one thing to hear a message, like “God loves you,” but it is quite another thing to see it, and to see it continually.  That is the power that relationships have on people.  

It is impossible to thank youth leaders enough.  I think most, if not all, youth directors and pastors wish they could personally impact all of the kids in their ministry.  All it takes is some quick mental math to realize that 1 person could not possibly have a meaningful relationship with 50+ youth.  This is why I am so grateful for such an amazing group of volunteers who teach Sunday school, mentor youth in Confirmation, lead youth group, and do a host of other things.  Because of their love, wisdom and persistence, I have seen youth grow more fully into the people God created them to be. 

Lastly, I have been reminded that all good things come from God.  God has shown me again and again that it is the Holy Spirit who brings change in us all.  I could be the most inspirational speaker known to man, but without the Holy Spirit my words are just that, words.  But when God gets a hold of someone, and helps them for the first time really hear and understand the good news, then that person has forever been changed.  If there is one thing that I hope you take from this blog it’s this: anything we do that will be of any value to this world will be because God did it with us.  Thank you for allowing me to serve among you for the last four years, and I am quite excited get to see what God has in store for me in the coming years at Wayne Presbyterian. 

Blessings, 

Andrew

Posted by Andrew Hostetter at 6:00 AM
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