Great trials accompany the calling to youth ministry, but it offers even greater rewards, including the opportunity to inspire a generation of future leaders, speakers told participants at the 2014 Youth Ministry Conclave.
“It’s not about your ability, but your availability,” said Ed Newton, executive director of the LIFT tour, a weekend program of Student Leadership University. “And when you say, ‘Here am I Lord; send me,’ it’s not even your message. …You’re called. You’re appointed. Walk in that prophetic ministry that God has called you to.”
Sammy Lopez, pastor of Mighty Fortress Christian Fellowship in San Antonio, said sometimes the busy-ness of life causes Christian leaders to forget their primary calling.
“Oftentimes, we’re so filled up with doing ministry for the Lord that we forget the Lord of our ministry,” he said.
A comfort zone in ministry becomes a dangerous place when God is trying to get his child’s attention, Lopez asserted.
“Some of us today, God is calling us to do something for him,” he told the youth leaders. “But because of our comfort zone, we desire not to go through with it. We’re not ready to listen.”
He encouraged Christian leaders to listen for God’s call and trust in him, because God’s perfect will is far better than what any human thinks is best.
More than 700 youth ministers and leaders in student ministry attended Conclave, sponsored by the Baptist General Convention of Texas and supported through the Cooperative Program unified budget, with ethnic scholarships provided by the Mary Hill Davis Offering for Texas Missions.
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SOURCE: Baptist Standard