Life seems to be entering a new chapter for me. Sixteen years of work, of life, has led up to that big moment: college graduation. It’s all we hear for years. In elementary school they prepare you for middle school, which prepares you for high school, which prepares you for college. But then what? What is next? Well, that’s the point where I find myself tonight. And I think, if were honest with ourselves, that’s where a lot of us find ourselves. It’s like we’re on the brink of a new era but we can’t seem to take that next step.
I have to confess, one of my all time favorite movies is Shawshank Redemption. I only watch it on TV because it edits all of the poor language out. There is a scene where Brooks, a man with a life sentence since 1905 (the film is set in the 40’s and on), is let out on parole. He was a very old man at this point. He was entering a new chapter and didn’t know how to handle it. In fact, well, I’ll let you watch the movie and not spoil it. Just catch it the next time it comes on the TV.
We’re all facing a new chapter whether we’re ready or not. We’re looking at a generation that is all about change. You can change the way people see you with something as easy as the click of a button on Facebook. You can constantly be plugged in and tweeting at any moment. There’s free wi-fi in almost every building you go in to. The bottom line is this: the millennial generation is not complacent. They want change; even crave it. As a church, as the Church, we need to ask ourselves if we’re ready. Better yet, we need to ask ourselves if we are willing.
That’s where I come in.
As I said, I recently graduated from Liberty University with a degree in Youth Ministry. This summer I am working with the student ministry at the church. It, just like the rest of us, is on the brink of a brand new era. I’m here to usher the student ministry into that era. I look at this generation, my generation, and realize that things are going to need to change to reach them. We are going to have to reevaluate the traditional way of doing ministry and introduce a new way to reach the greatest number of youth. I am excited about this. I’m looking for others who are ready to see God move in such a way that I know He will. Are you ready for this adventure, because, to quote the movie Up (and every decorated graduation cap) “adventure is out there.”
If you wish to serve in the student ministry, please let me know. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, give me a call, or stop by the office and we’ll chat.