This November will be my one year anniversary as the Middle School Pastor at East Hill Church. What an incredible year it has been! Here are a few of the things that I have learned in my 9 month journey so far. (numbered in no particular order except number one)
1. Being a Pastor turns you into a really Holy person… SYKE
Being a Pastor has come to remind me of my humanity, my habitual sins and faults did not disappear when my ICFG license showed up in the mail. Rather when I accepted my position I became incredibly aware of how desperately I needed to welcome Jesus into those areas I thought would just go away. There is no easer way to discover your shortcomings than when you are trying to lead people into a relationship with Christ. My need for Jesus to show me grace has probably increased a good 10 fold, from when I was volunteer. I have never been more encouraged by Romans 3:23 reminding me that yes everyone has sinned meaning everyone, not just most people.
2. My heart has never been so full.
At no point in my life did I think I could fall in love, with the students that call East Hill Church their home. Never in my life have I cared so much for people, I grew up hearing about how much you can love someone when you look at people through the lens that Christ does.
3. Coming up with a plan to reach people is hard!
When it comes to introducing people to Jesus, it cannot be because that’s what others are doing or because that is what has always been done. You have to be strategic, not just in the way that I develop sermon series or retreats. Understanding that everything that I do needs to flow through my church’s core values and student ministry vision. That I cannot just expect people to show up because we have something great going on inside, we have to pray for our schools, pray for our community, be involved with community. That the strategic planning for putting on a good service is only a minute fraction of what I should spend my time planning for.
Well, that’s about all I have time to write, maybe I will blog again in another year.