This semester has been a semester of learning the truth of the above statement. It’s nice to plan great events and small groups and have lots of fun in youth ministry, but the students I come into contact with are not always having fun anywhere else. Or maybe the hate the very idea of God. Whatever the case, it leads to the need to enter into the dark places of their lives and just be there. And for me, that’s hard. But through the Holy Spirit I’m learning and changing. And getting amazing opportunities to love teenagers as Christ loves them.
“Relational ministry presupposes suffering; when we are called to go, we must give our very selves to others, for this is following the Crucified.” -Andrew Root