Leadership
Troy

In reading Kurt and Josh’s articles this week, I feel as if the theme is how to respond, not just to the things in ministry that can drag us down and wonder where God is in all of this, but also to time, to calling, to self-doubt. I have to admit, I don’t handle it nearly as well as these guys (I’m not the eternal optimist…), but here are a few things that have helped me in my ministry roles.

Dream
I find I am the most negative and beat down when I am looking at the past. What went wrong, who said what, sometimes even what went right. I find hope and passion dreaming about the future. What would I love to see God do in our ministry? What message does he have for our students in the coming months? What fun event do we have on the horizon?

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Calendaring out the year can be fun; I get to dream about all the amazing things God has in store. Taking a half hour here and there to not “do” ministry but to sit, pray, and dream on where God can and will take us and brainstorm on how to improve and make God’s love real to students…it energizes me.

Finding the Hope
My wife and I both work full time at our church; there are days where we take home a lot of baggage. But that doesn’t mean God isn’t doing things among his people. Focusing on where God is moving and retelling those stories invigorates us. Seeing how far a senior has grown since joining our ministry in 7th grade, watching students have a discussion about I Kings in the lunchroom…these stories can be few and far between but we need to find them, and when we do, remember them and use them as fuel for how God can use us to change lives.

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Investing in Others
I feel Kurt’s frustration of spring. For me, it’s watching the seniors preparing to leave after investing so much time and energy in them (I’m happy for they’re moving on, but it’s hard sometimes). I respond by looking for the new batch of leaders, new students to invest in, and help them grow as disciples of Christ. That’s one thing I love about my calling: There’s always someone new to invest in.

It’s a great big beautiful tomorrow; keep looking ahead!

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