Here are some of the things I’ve learned as a youth pastor over these last eight and a half months. I don’t have it all figured out, and I don’t pretend to. I hope what I’ve learned blesses you as you step out in the ministry place God has you in.
Your heart matters
Guard your heart, it can be deceitful above all things. We have an incredible ability to lie to ourselves. Our lives begin with our hearts. When our hearts are right, we can lead and pastor right.
How can you lead others if you can’t lead yourself? The little things matter in your life. Don’t settle for second best, do what you need to do to grow and be who God has called you to be. How you handle your quiet time dictates how God will use you in your public time.
Have people in your life that you can receive healthy criticism from. Learn from others’ mistakes, so you don’t have to make those same mistakes. Having people in your life that can adjust you, the way you think, speak, and act, will save you from so much. Mentoring can include reading books, or listening to podcasts. Having something or someone challenge you and grow you is so important.
Your team matters
Who are you building with? How are you developing and growing your team? The state of your team dictates the direction and distance of your vision/mission. The people around you are important. Choose carefully those you do ministry with. Empower your team, develop your team, believe in your team, and release your team to who God has called them to be.
I will not act as a rogue agent, but will take orders and come under authority. People who aren’t willing to be under authority, should never be given authority. Your place in God’s kingdom has everything to do with where He places you. Be careful to stay submitted. If you can’t serve and submit to another’s vision now, it would be hypocritical to ever believe that someone should serve or submit to yours.
Jesus cares about how you interact with people. If you don’t know how to relate to people right, your influence will be stifled, and you’ll give Jesus a bad name. Be quick to listen, slow to speak, correct with grace, be firm but soft, relate to people right. You steward your influence with your graciousness.
God will respond to you based on your faith. Ask for big things, God can handle it. God’s alright with your big faith. God’s heart is deep and wide, and his storehouses are filled with the riches of heaven for you. God is waiting for fools like you and I to dream crazy dreams, and attempt impossible things for Him. Let God be the one to cap your dreams; he can handle it. The last thing the body of Christ needs are small minded people, who never attempt anything for God.