i was talking to a friend brian today sensed the call out of youth ministry a few years ago. it was great to catch up and hear how his life and family are doing. but it made me realize that i’m a long, long, long term youth pastor now since so many leave ministry every year. if i start thinking about the youth pastors that were working in holland six years ago when i started here, i can only think of two who are still doing youth ministry. tara and dave. maybe i forgot someone, but i don’t think so.
it’s weird being a veteran, old timer, at anything. i remember in seminary that they talked about the percentages that have long term ministries. and it wasn’t that impressive. they were trying to give us a reality check but sometimes it felt more disheartening than they intended.
there is part of this that i think is cool. it’s that it must be God wanting and using me in ministry or the chances that i would still be doing it would be slim. i know i have plenty of flaws that would get me ousted and out of ministry unless it was God’s providence for me. and that’s very cool i think, to know that i’m in the hands of God and that i’m doing exactly what he planned for me to do. it may change at some point and i’m ok with that becasue it’s his plan, not mine.
the sad part of this is how many get abused and beat up doing ministry and you wonder why God allows that to happen or why churches can be so mean and vindictive. it’s sad that so many people that i respect and care about have felt the need to get out and don’t want to deal with it anymore. i can completely understand their sentiments and don’t think any less of any of them, but it still stinks. when you have great partners doing ministry in the area, it’s very hard to see them go.
well that’s my ramblings today. i’m thankful for God’s hand in my life and the ability to glimpse it from time to time. i hope you get or take the time to do that kind of reflection in your life too. God is good!