Working With Youth Has Been A Ministry To Me
I jumped head first into youth ministry two and a half years ago with the Six8 Fellowship. Youth ministry was never on my radar. I studied Religion and Intercultural Studies in college and feel called to ministry. However, working with youth was never a context I expected to find myself in. I have been forever changed and transformed by my time with the youth at Six8.
Over the years, I have picked up on things it seems our youth need. They need to be reminded that they are deeply loved by God and created in the goodness of His image. They need voices of mentors and roles models naming and affirming their God-given gifts. They need space to ask hard questions and share their stories.
Working alongside these Six8 Fellows has made me realize that every single one of us needs these things. The authenticity and vulnerability of our youth has reminded me that I have never stopped needing encouragement, community, and the gentle reminder of God’s great love for me and our world. I hope to both create and find the space for those affirmations, explorations, and testimony.
I have been blown away by the capacity of youth to have deep theological understanding and revelation. They have so much to teach us in the Church. Their feedback and perspective is invaluable. They have raised questions and concerns I never would have considered. They have challenged me with the connections they make between the biblical narrative and how we live out the example of Christ in every day life.
Our youth have an incredible passion and energy to serve. They desperately want to be the hands and feet of Christ. I have seen some of the most genuine hospitality shown by our youth. They are ready to act and live out their faith. I genuinely believe they have the passion many of our hearts need to be reignited to serve our neighbors. They are so deeply committed to the call to love God with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strength. I hope I can follow their example.
Most of all, they have rekindled my own sense of wonder and awe at the love of God and the life of Christ. They have taught me to find the joy again of uncovering my faith and leaning in closer to God’s presence. Their devotion to their personal relationship with God has prompted me to deepen my own daily connection to God, scripture, and prayer.
Their deep-rooted faith has given me so much hope. I believe they are the agents of change and vessels of the Gospel in our world. They have so much to not only teach us, but to lead us in the Church. I have been so humbled and inspired by my time spent alongside our Six8 Fellows the last few years. I hope as I continue to “grow up” that I can be just like them.