Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
Our small groups are based around the concept of building a Christian community between students and adult leaders. Some of these practices can be adopted in the home to create an environment where faith development will occur with your family.
As I step into this new role as the Student Ministry Small Group Associate, I would like to share a bit of my heart with you for this aspect of ministry. I am certain that I am in this role today because of the role of two small group leaders I had in middle school and high school. Nick and Brad were both small group leaders that invested time and prayers into my life. They had an impact on my life because they went beyond just being present when I was at church events. They took an interest in the things I had going on at school. When my grandmother died, one of them was at her funeral. If I did not show up at church for a couple of weeks, I would receive a call or text. A small group leader's role is to let teens know that they are loved and part of a real community that goes beyond a Sunday afternoon. I still talk to Nick and Brad to this day. These two men have been a constant reminder of Christ’s love in my life. I was not a Christian until the summer after my 8th-grade year. On Sunday mornings, I would learn about faith and the Bible. It was on the other days when a small group leader reached out to me that I learned about Christ's body.
One of the most significant aspects of my new position at Asbury Students is the opportunity to partner with parents in the spiritual development of their teens. For thousands of years, Jewish parents have put their kids down for bed and have spoken or sang these Hebrew words:
At the beginning of the safer at home measures being implemented in our city, we knew that staying in contact with our students would become more difficult. However, I want to highlight and give thanks to our amazing small group leaders that have stepped up and have continued to reach out to students during this time! Small group leaders and students have continued to meet over zoom calls.
One of the most comforting phrase the Bible has to offer us is "but God." In the moments when the human ability has run its course and hope may seem very distant, "but God." God is not surprised by the trails that we experience in our lives. He is not dismayed or caught off guard by them. The situations will seem very hopeless to us because often we truly have no control over them. 2 Chronicles 20:12 depicts such feelings to us, "We have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us." We all know of these moments. Those times were situation at hand is too great for us to handle on our own. The verse continues, "We do not know what to do." At this moment, God's people have found the end of their rope. Their ability has come to an end. How do we feel in these moments? There is a fear of what is to happen next. These helpless moments are followed by the "but God" moments! At this moment, God's people say, "but our eyes are on you." What is our first reaction when we feel lost, and the situation we are in is out of our control? God's people set an example for us in these moments. They set their eyes on a faithful God who has guided them to trials for generations.
Topics: Student Ministry
In this second week of What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do, we discussed the moments in life when something difficult happens seemingly out of nowhere. The more of life that we experience, the more we come to understand that these things will occur at some point. One of the first things I can remember like this was the sudden death of my grandmother. She had a minor procedure done that had some complications, and she passed away the next day. It was an unexpected event in my family. One of the most challenging things about these situations is the fact that it was unexpected. These situations often leave us asking the question, "what now?" Where do we go from here? Sometimes we may even question if God is in the situation at all.