How does a new youth minister determine if he is having any success at all in his position? I’m sure there are many ways we could answer this question. But I must say, he is successful when he sets out with the youth on his first road trip in the church van and returns with all of the youth still breathing. And it doesn’t hurt if he stops at Taco Bell somewhere along the way.
This past month Winstanley youth took a short journey to Marion, Illinois to attend Youth Encounter, an evangelistic event put together by the IBSA. During our time in Marion, we spent much time in worship, and we were challenged by the speaker to consider what it means to authentically believe in Christ. I was thankful not only for the event itself, but also for the time we spent together as a group on our way to Marion and back.
The more time I spend with the students, the better I get to know them and their interests. It has been a joy in these first couple of months to discover some of the students’ gifts and abilities. Our own Stephen Idoux is a gifted video producer and script writer. He has already put his ability to use in making a short promotional video clip for one of our youth events, Friday Night Live. He even allowed me to have a part in the video. If you ever see it, you will understand why I’m not an actor.
On a final note, it has been encouraging to see some young visitors come through our doors over the past month or so. This is due to the fact that our youth are inviting their friends to church. Please pray that these visitors would keep coming back and that we would effectively share the love of Christ with them.