I have this dream.
I dream our small group leaders would see themselves as youth pastors. I've also hoped that students and parents would see their small group leaders as their primary pastor.
For far too long our churches have leaned too heavily on the "professional pastor". At the end of the day it's not about the paid youth worker but the host of volunteers God uses.
So what do "paid" youth workers do???
"Equip God's people for works of service"
So, when I saw his fb post from one of our key volunteer leaders a little tear welled up in my eye...
ready to launch into a crazy week for work -- Detroit area (via ORD)
early, and San Antonio later in the week. But what is really on my mind
this morning are students at IBC. First day back at school for most.
I'm excited for the newly minted Junior class, and thoughtful how we can
grow together this year. Praying for them and for the host of teachers
and administrators that also are back into life investment this week!"
This is what relational ministry is all about! Leaders focused on and praying for the kids God has placed on their heart. It's amazing to see who God raises up to pastor kids.
Brian is a long time leader and serves sacrificially. God has and will continue to use him to love and disciple kids.
I'm so blessed to be a part.