In the Bible there is no mention of Student Ministry. Other than a passage that is brought up in conversations every once in a while from 1 Timothy 4:12: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”
There is no mention because this is one of those areas of life that is so apparent that we simply must read every piece of wisdom, every passage of guidance in scripture as being knowledge to be passed on to the young in their early years – so that a biblical lifestyle and leading from a biblical perspective can be established as early as possible.
In that way – we are all in Student Ministry!
Whether you serve directly with elementary, middle or high school students; whether you have a draw to reach out and spend time with post-high school young adults; or whether you are one who has made the decision to financially or prayerfully support the efforts aimed at this next emerging generation – All of us are in Student Ministry.
The prime example in the gospels is Jesus. Based on the traditionally believed length of time that the first disciples lived after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, it is pretty clear that these were young men – perhaps some of them still teenagers.
He invested in the young, and so must we. On Easter you met Greg Moehl. Greg has a heart and passion for discipleship and particularly students. The video you saw at the Easter service was filmed and brought to us by the students within our church. They are making a new start and they are calling on every student within the circle of influence we have as a church to invest in their spiritual lives now, so that in years to come they keep their eyes on the ‘author and perfecter of their faith’ as it says in the book of Hebrews.
We have students who are leading in their school, they are serving at almost every level within our church. This is their time and our words of courage and wisdom matter.
This spring and summer is going to be a breakout summer for Student Ministry as they reinvest and many invest for the first time in taking God at His word.
Jesus was approached by a rich YOUNG ruler: and on this young man’s mind was what thing he must do to inherit eternal life. He and Jesus discussed this and they realized he was keeping all the rules that a good Israeli citizen should keep, but still he felt like he lacked something…He Did… Jesus’ words to him come from a man looking deeply into this younger man’s heart and seeing where his trust really was. He said, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Matthew 19:16-21
Looking that deeply into the heart of a young person, takes time and it takes care. Some of you have the ability to offer that kind of care. Over the next couple of months please pray for Student Ministry at Tipp City UMC and particularly the students who are involved and as God prompt you to consider how He might use you to help direct a young life, I want you to approach Greg or one of the current adult student ministry leaders and say: “I do not know how I can be of help, but I am following this weird idea and I want you to know I am willing.” Then after that moment of exchange back up and submit yourself to Greg’s leadership – give him time to consider where, when and how you might be used to influence this next generation through the Student Ministry here at Tipp City.
I think about what Jesus did and who he approached to be in that inner circle. They were people who were willing to leave everything and then go and follow Him.
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