So, every couple of months, a listicle from varying authors appears on my Facebook news feed. Most recently it appeared as this one. Many times this listicle speaks from the perspective as someone who is ordained/clergy. I have worked in churches or parachurch organizations for the past 16 years, and I am not clergy. There is a lot of crossover, but there are also differences as well. I thought about it, and I wrote my own listicle. (Fun Fact: Spell Check recognizes listicle as a real word.) 1. Yes, this is my real job, and no, I am not called to be a pastor. There are many folks who work in youth ministry as lay staff, who go on to seminary to become pastors. There are also many of us who are called to being a lay minister. I am not called to ordained ministry. I do see my position as a Youth Minister as a calling. I went to seminary with no intention of ever being a pastor. 2. The church is changing. Just like every field, the church has changed drastically since I started in youth…
So, I'm going through some serious transition times. Yes, it hasn't and won't be easy.
I am thankful that I have awesome friends who are super supportive. And I am going to need some support along the way. I want to get back into running. I just did the Color Run. (I highly suggest that you do this sometime in your life.) My friend Laura Kay did this with me, and we did it in 53 minutes, which is a really good time for me. I just figured out the start to a book that a professor suggested I write. I want to get back to writing.
So, what am I asking for? I'm asking for cheerleaders once again. It doesn't matter where you live. I just need folks to cheer me on and keep me on track. I need to remember that I have support from all over the world. So here's the job description...Weeks begin November 4. The last week begins December 30. So, friends, pick a week, and let's do this.