My Counsel to Graduating and Graduate Youth Leaders
I’ve been in the youth ministry since 2006, and in youth leadership since 2008. I’ve seen students come and go. They study in college, serve in the ministry, and then finally graduate and pursue a career.
I made an observation. Usually, graduate youth leaders transfer to the singles ministry. Obviously, their needs take a new level, life direction changes, and so a shift is almost inevitable.
But sometimes, a decision to leave the youth ministry comes along this shift. And I’m saddened by it. (Okay. Let me make this clear. I am aware that because these youth leaders have taken a different direction and is already devoted to another ministry, and is obviously not sharing a specific cause as I do anymore [and obviously, my heart goes out to the youth], I have a tendency to look down on them. So I need to constantly remind myself that whatever ministry a person commits his life to, it is done for one ultimate cause—the glory of God. And who knows? God could call me to another ministry, in spite of my strong passion in reaching out to the youth. So I have to be humble).
I’m not stopping youth leaders, graduating or graduate, to shift to singles ministry, or any other ministries they wish to go to. But I ask these fellow youth leaders, even plead with them, to do this: Pray for the youth ministry. Whether these leaders will be called to stay in the youth ministry or not, there can be unity in praying for the youth. So let’s join hearts in prayer.
Anyway, before I end this blog, I want to say that I’ve noticed a (new?) trend in my youth ministry. I’ve encountered graduate people coming back to the youth ministry to help out. I’m so happy about this, for the ministry is in need of older people who will guide younger people. I praise God for their hearts.