I am sitting in the Ammanford church office, cup of tea in hand, finishing off all the prep for this evening’s youth. XXXL t-shirts, check. Balloons, check. Talk, check. Funny youth video impersonating the attitudes of the characters in the prodigal son story, check ( I know the last one was not as catchy).
But I have almost been a youth worker for a year now and I am wondering what I am meant to have achieved. A godly youth group, strong on doctrine (dare I say Calvinistic), a strong experiential salvation pursuing to please the Lord in all that they do. If this is my aim I have failed miserably. I would be bold enough to say that most of the youth are not saved.
However, my aim as a youth worker has been to be faithful to the Lord. To teach his word and to proclaim the gospel in a way that he gets the glory. Now I am not saying that I am an excellent speaker and that my words shake the room. Instead what I am saying is my words are the Gospel and that is what is so important. My aim is to preach the Gospel. It comes back to the parable of the sower. I plant the seed but God gives it growth. This applies to both the Christian and non-Christian youth. It is their responce after every talk that is important. Do they harden their hearts or are they obeying the Lord?
I pray that HE will be the centre of my youth ministry. So often I can try and rely on myself to get through a Friday, but without HIM I have no hope. This past year has been such an enjoyable and rewarding year, even with its challenges and tough obstacles, and I look forward to what the next year of youth work entails.