A Change of Seasons
I grant you, the title of this article probably sounds ill-timed. I don’t think any of us are really done with summer yet. However, it is a change of season both for my family and for this church. This August I am stepping down from my role here with the children and youth programs. This fall I will be taking an internship at another church to fulfill my internship requirements to complete my Master of Divinity.
These past eight months have provided a learning curve, and I am sad that I will not see first-hand where these ministries are going. It was a joy to see the congregation step up and take on serving in the nursery. It was also a pleasure to work alongside such servant hearted volunteers like Gayle, Kate, and Ruth. You will certainly all be in my prayers has you seek a new candidate to fill this position.
My hope and prayer is that as the restrictions one day ease, you will have a family ministries leader who can help provide greater stability in the years to come. I say family ministries, because a student cannot be considered as an isolated individual. Their faith formation primarily comes through their families. A shared faith experience is the heart of creating a foundation for faith in the generations to come.
We can find precedence for this in Deut. 6, where God speaks to the Israelites, telling them to make the Torah (their version of the Bible) a constant topic for conversations in each part of the day. Maybe that sounds a little ambitious (I know it does for our family), but that is a goal to strive towards.
This is not just an Old Testament concept. Eph. 5:15-16 tells us to make the most of every opportunity and be intentional with all our lives. Paul goes on in Eph 6:4, instructing fathers to train their children in the ways of the Lord. In doing these things you have a greater impact on your kids than I could ever hope to have.
Have courage then as you lead your families and, in all things, praise God. In Christ, Ben