We have these cute Christians phrases like, “every member is a minister,” or “every Christian is a missionary.” These statements have a hint of truth but also a false truth. It is true that every follower of Christ is to be ministering in some way. What that usually translates into for students is working in the nursery on Sunday morning and helping in Vacation Bible School. So now not only is the Student Minister a glorified babysitter, in some people’s eyes, but so are the students.
Now we have spent time in Bible Study talking about ministering to people and how we do that, but I have failed in the assumption that this can be taught through words and not through actions. You see I think ministering is “caught” more than traditionally “taught.” Is that why Jesus did not send the disciples to the best school, but said come with me.
So here is where I am at. Trying to find opportunities and avenues to get students to catch ministering WITHOUT forsaking the Gospel. You see I want students to care about their community, their friends, and their world because of the Gospel. I can remember discussing with people that the difference “good” people that do “good” things and Christians that do the same things is motivation. Christians should be motivated by the Gospel. We should be motivated to act like Jesus and “be” the church as opposed to just talking about it.
I wish this was easy. But easy does not require faith. So here’s to hopefully finding some creative ways to “give for the gospel” in our community