When youth workers talk about “calling” it usually brings them back to a time when they were awakened to the moment when they realized God shaped them specifically for youth ministry.
Youth pastors come in all shapes and sizes—just look at us: Josh is fat and Kurt is good-looking—and each has a unique story when God showed them this was what he was all about for them. Today we get to share our story of being called into youth ministry.
My story has three chapters.
Chapter One: I was a television production major at a Christian university and decided that I would take a semester off, go on a missions trip to England, and not return unless I had clarity about God’s direction for my life. During that trip, I felt a very specific nudge by the Lord to go into youth ministry. I returned to college and immediately changed my course of study.
Chapter Two: One day, while walking across campus, a professor I knew well challenged me to spend my summer leading a 10-week “day camp” for junior high students. I took him up on his offer and spent the entire summer after my junior year driving an old church bus full of crazy junior highers around LA county.