As I stood in the hospital room, looking down at my eleven-year-old sister taking her last few breaths, I asked a question we all ask God in a trial: “Why?” My mind was making no sense as to what was happening and why it was so sudden. I have been reminded over the years not to question God but to trust His ways are higher than our own. In this moment, I thought I could be excused from that advice. Little did I know those were and still are words that sustain my peace and strength. I silently prayed, “I can’t do this without You, God.” I continued to pray for His will to happen even when I had no clue what that really meant for my sister or me.
In these moments we learn to get real with God—when … Read More »
As young adults, we often find ourselves searching and praying for the right job. You may also find yourself searching “available positions in ministry.”
When it comes to working in your church, sometimes you just have to take what you can get. This may sound scary because you may think you know what God has called you to do, but there is not really an opportunity right now for that specific position. Chances are God wants you to wait. He wants to see if you are truly allowing yourself to be a willing vessel. Ministry is NOT about you. It is about serving God and others. You are simply a tool that God has hand-picked, and sometimes that’s a tough pill to swallow; it’s also known as humility.
In Bible college I learned that many times when a student comes to … Read More »
Without a doubt, fundraising is the hardest part of youth ministry. This is a class I clearly missed in my duration of Bible school! However, any youth pastor can tell you that fundraising plays a vital role in making things happen in your youth department, church, or practically any other organization. Sheaves for Christ is probably one of the most important causes for which we raise money, and youth pastors know that finding the perfect fundraiser to meet all needs is something we search for desperately and dream of often.
In early April, we were planning our annual Sheaves for Christ kick-off rally that we host in our section every year. My wife and I were discussing what goal we should set for our students to raise this year. As we discussed numbers and the reason … Read More »