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Incredible youth ministry stories from 2007

I was thinking back over 2007 and realized that I have a lot of really neat ministry stories from this past year. Of course there’s been a lot of stretching times and growing experiences personally as my wife and I moved to this church in Minnesota last February, but it’s also been a year of seeing incredible life change in some of the most unexpected places. I had an encouraging story about a student last June, but another incredible story took place about two months ago that I’m still excited to share with anyone I can.

One of my stories
Two unchurched middle school girls were invited by a friend to come to our Wednesday night small group discipleship class. The discipleship small groups are pretty intense and dig fairly deep into the Word as they cover the entire Old Testament in one year and the entire New Testament the next year. By the time our jr. highers enter high school, they’re decently grounded in scripture and it’s interaction with daily life, which is incredible for our church kids, but not really the entry point you’d normally expect for unbelievers. Even so, these two girls started attending on a regular basis to listen to their small group’s discussion of Christ and the Bible. Soon they started asking questions (“You mean Mary had a kid without doing anything nasty?!”) and before long they even grew interested in the sermon notes the other jr. highers were taking as part of the discipleship program. On one Sunday morning, one of the girls tried to wake up her mom to get a ride to church, but her mom refused and went back to sleep. So, the girl called her small group leader instead and asked if she would pick her and her friend up and take them to church. Of course the small group leader was excited to do so and has been bringing them to church every Sunday since then. No formal profession of faith has taken place yet, but I’m confident that the interest these girls express for God and His Word will continue to grow and soon they’ll make decisions to trust Christ. It’s stories like this that keep me energized and passionate about youth ministry!

Your turn!
I’d love to hear your stories about how you’ve seen God work in students’ lives this past year or how God has worked in your life through them. Post in the comments below and share your stories with all of us. What did God do in your students during 2007? How did God use students to change YOU?


Posted on January 22, 2008

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcLtI-Gp5Ow

    i’ll let the video do the talking, good stuff. laura is now a student leader and her dad is an usher at church.

  • That’s awesome, Chris! I love the video. What a great way to share your stories.

  • I had a student who just graduate in 2007 from high school. He went off to college at Ole Miss which is a ways away from South Carolina. We stayed connected via facebook and text. Ole Miss wasn’t a very good experience for him because there wasn’t that many believers there and he was very lonely there. God was dealing with him there too though because he was running from his calling. 2 summers ago at youth camp he was called into the ministry but since then he was running. He came to me the other week and said dude I rededicated my life to Christ! I am no longer running from my calling. He said “When you want to go to Southern Wesleyan University with me to check it out.” That is where I went to college at. Very good school for pastors to study at. I said tomorrow and come to find out that next day was the last day to be accepted. He was accepted and that friday he was at SWU and is there now and is doing great. He is around the church now and is helping out with the student ministries here. God has done alot of really cool stuff but I guess I just wrote one blog myself. lol. Thanks Tim.

  • Amy

    I think one of the few highlights from this past year was when two of the members in our youth groups grandma passed away. She too had gone to our church and was active prior to her having her stroke. The viewing was on a Sunday, the same day at youth group, and we had already planned leaving the building that day anyways. So in Sunday School that morning I had told the rest of the high school students what had happened and the thought for that evening, asking them if they would like to go to the funeral home or not as a group together to show their support. They all agreed that they should do that, and although some had never gone to a funeral viewing before they accepted. We had a good turn out (about 10 youth, two of them being the ones whose grandma passed away [they needed some time away]) and I had picked the boys up, and we all went together and dropped them off. I parked the car and everyone piled out, the two boys weren’t sure what was going on but were accepting to us saying we were going in with them. I had been told earlier that day that the kids haven’t really gone up to the casket yet, or much, and in fact didn’t like being in the room. So I asked one of my youth to try and get the boys to go up to the casket as a group with all of us. We went up to the casket and I announced to everyone else in the room that we would be saying the Lord’s Prayer and if anyone would like to join us they were welcome to. It was when I started the prayer that I realized how huge of a step this was for some of our youth to take who were not used to this type of situation, and how amazing it was for the youth to care so much about each other that they were willing to step out of their comfort zone and be there.

    The others that come to mind is the random phone calls I’ll get or IM’s or convo’s we’ll have and they share with excitement their accomplishments and it wasn’t asked first what their high was, they just tell me. Also through working with them I have found my calling this past summer to become a youth and family minister and it’s all because of them. Okay I think I beat you on length (unintentionally) Dustin.

  • Amy, It’s all good. Your comment was really good. I enjoyed reading it.

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