That’s all the time we have as youth leaders to make an impact in a student’s life…
If your Student Ministry runs the traditional age bracket of 12-18 and a student joins at age 12.
And that number is drastically reduced for every service they miss and every vacation their family takes. Not to mention holidays and days they’re out sick.
That thought both terrifies and motivates me.
It terrifies me because the time we have is so short.
It scares because I know everyone will miss services in that 6 year span.
It terrifies me because I know these are the most formative years of a person’s life.
But it also motivates me for the exact same reasons.
Our time is short, so I cannot waste an opportunity.
Their will be services missed, so I have to create genuine connections outside of services.
These are the most formative years, so I have to do everything I can to insure God is at the center of that formation.
That’s all we have to work with. That’s all the time we have. That’s our maximum available opportunity in years.
We cannot change the time we have allotted, but we can make sure we are using that time as effectively and efficiently as possible to grow our Student’s relationship with God. We can insure that we are doing everything we possibly can to teach and engage and grow our students.
That means there are things we simply don’t have time for…
We don’t have time to allow carnality to seep into our lives and our Student Ministry.
We don’t have time to only teach what sounds good and what feels good.
We don’t have time to allow gossip and apathy to run rampant in our Student Ministry.
We don’t have time to “phone it in” on lessons and services.
We don’t have time to ignore the resources we have available to us to reach Students.
We don’t have time to ignore the importance of connecting outside of services/events.
We don’t have time to hold back from preaching the Truth of His Word.
We don’t have time to play the comparison game with other youth groups.
We don’t have time to get too caught up in the drama of Student Ministry.
We don’t have time to ignore the importance of personal relationship with God.
We have to reach our students. We have to impact lives. We have to change our world.
The clock is ticking.
How are you using your 6 years?