General Ministry
Josh Griffin

A little bit of blog love straight out of my Moleskin journal today. At the end of my life, I want to be remembered for a few things:

Great husband/dad
More than other goal in my life I want to be a great husband and father. I love this calling and privilege and fight for it to remain in this top spot. I love being a husband and a father, but I also love being a pastor and a youth worker. These goals are all competing yet complementary. I want my wife to have the best husband in the world, my kids to have the best dad in the world. I fail at this one most often, which is frustrating to me, I still have so far to go and know I’ll never arrive. But I will try.

Good pastor
Second on my journal list is to be a good pastor. To faithfully serve the students, families and adults in the church where I serve. That I want to be laser-focused on them first in my ministry, and to build God’s kingdom through the local church. So far that has been in 2 churches over 15 years, excited about where God has me now and how I can serve His church in the future. I’m a big believer in the church (warts and all, as my mom would say), and that is something I want to be remembered for. Pastor first, speaker guy second.

Helped other youth workers
Part of my heart’s longings is to help other youth workers. Sometimes when I reflect on my ministry experiences and journey I see how God was and is preparing me to serve other youth workers. I feel privileged to have worked in healthy and unhealthy contexts, seen incredible leaders and serve incredibly bad leaders. I want to take that experience and help others that will carry the youth ministry torch long after I’m gone. Creating resources, blogging, teaching, conversations over lunch, whenever there is an opportunity to help people alongside me in the trenches.

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  • Dan Cooper says:

    Several weeks ago, at Jeanne Mayo’s NYLC in Atlanta, one of her messages was entitled Seven Words, and she talked about seven words that she selected over 30 years ago that she wants to someday define her life and legacy. At the end of the evening, all of the attendees were given a canvas and felt-tipped pen, and invited to select and write down our own seven words. The words I selected (which I’m still working to define; the definitions here are condensed versions of what I have in my notes) are (in no particular order) Brother (I will be a big brother to the young men around me, and model Christ-like treatment of women), Integrity (my conduct will be consistent, and I will avoid situations that I’ll have to explain later), Scholar (seek to be a life-long learner), Enduring (I will live so that I will hear “well done” when my life is over, and I will not be dissuaded from the mission of my life), Son (remember always that I am a child of God, with everything that comes with that), Trust (I will trust in God always, and be a trustworthy man), and Love (I will seek to love others around me, and act in love). Should God call me home before Christ returns, I hope these words will define my legacy.

  • Josh says:

    What an incredible list/seminar! Wow! Love it … JG

    • Dan Cooper says:

      It was an incredible conference and a great team-building experience for us. We ordered DVDs of all of the general sessions and MP3s of several breakouts/super sessions so we can go back over them; I’m planning to do so in the near future and supplement the notes I took. After doing this, I can’t recommend going to a youth workers conference as a group highly enough.

  • I would have to say that I want just two things to be remembered about me. I want to be the best husband/father possible for my family. I want to be remembered as a volunteer that truly cared for the teens and the team. I agree that these two compete and complement each other. I just want to help others succeed in life and in Christ.

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