Tonight was a milestone in the life of our youth group and youth ministry of our community.
When I moved to town 15+ ago, there were a few youth pastors already getting together to pray, and once a month they’d gather their respective groups for a night of worship and prayer. Unity became one of our priorities, and a few key things fell into place. We ended up spending 3 summers partnering together, meeting every Wednesday night at our barn in Boalsburg. It was tremendous, and spawned so many good things. I loved the brotherhood that Jonathan Weibel, Jarrod Sechler, Keith Davis, Matt Hoffert, and I experienced
Then things happened, and things stopped happening. There hasn’t been much unity or togetherness of late.
I believe that’s about to change. I’ve been meeting with some of the local youth pastors, and we gathered our groups for a night of prayer and worship, which we’re calling Metro Worship, as a head nod to the past (I’m dubbing Jonathan Weibel as the godfather/grandfather of Metro!)
There were a good number of youth groups represented tonight, and the buy in from youth pastors seems to be growing. The AOG worship band (all students) led us really well, and my lovely wife created some wonderful interactive prayer stations to help students connect with Jesus and pray. Jarrod was spot on with his talk, even down to calling an audible with his ending. He had the students all gather by schools and break into small groups to pray together. Then he brought the worship team back up to lead us in one more jumpy worship song–and made us move all the seats to create a big open space for us to jump and shout and dance and sing.
I love being a youth pastor in this town. I have seen good days in youth ministry, but I believe that the best is yet to come! I am so grateful for those who have gone before us, paving the way for what God wants to do now. And I LOVE the other youth pastors and leaders that are serving in our town.