but let me tell you something that i struggle with . . .
you see, if you ask me what is most important to me, i’d tell you hands down that it is my family. in fact this point was reinforced in my mind/soul when i recently listened to a message by dr. voddie baucham. you can listen to this two part message here: day 1 & day 2.
my family is the most important ministry i have. i will have the greatest impact on this earth by investing in, providing for, protecting, and otherwise ministering to my own family. (you really do have to listen to the messages to get the full impact of what i’m saying) i can do no greater thing than to love and influence my family towards God.
like i said i love being involved with you guys, but ‘when push comes to shove’; youth ministry isn’t as important to me as my family ministry. to put it even more plainly: you are not as important as my family.
so here’s the struggle . . . youth ministry is easy by comparison to family ministry. youth ministry is more or less centered around events. we have youth services, outings, camps, missions trips, conventions, movie nights, parties, etc. and so as a youth minister i can focus on the next event. planning, preparing, promoting. and when it’s finally come and gone and all the youth have gone home, i can have this nice story of how the “youth ministry was successful” and “lives were changed”.
family ministry, on the other hand, is day in and day out, minute by minute, every moment of the day i have little eyes watching my every move. how i react to people, how i behave when other’s aren’t around, if treat their mother the same at home as in public. as deut. 6.7-9 says it’s all the time, in every way!
in addition to that, i sometimes spend more time involved with youth ministry activities than i do in direct family involvement. so although my heart and head say one thing (family ministry is of utmost importance to me), my actions and energies say another (ah your family will be around tomorrow, you’ve really got to finish this task NOW for effective youth ministry to happen).
so what am i trying to say with all this . . . i don’t know. but as the title of the post suggests, i think you’ve ‘[gotten] to know your pastor’ a little more.
comments or suggestions welcome.