3/12/2011

My New Role... For Now...

It's been a while since I've had anything to report on the job front other than "still searching". I mean, I've been working retail to pay the bills since October of 2009, but I've remained on the hunt for a job pastoring students.

Well, here's a different report other than "still searching"...

As of March 2, I am serving as the transitional youth ministry team leader at my home church! Transitional wha? Who? OK, I'll back up a bit and tell you the story...

I moved back to South Carolina in mid-December of 2008. At the time, I was coming back for a Christmas visit, but after staying for 2 weeks, I landed a few interviews and decided that it just made more sense to continue the job hunt from the home office. For almost the whole first year I was home, I tried making an income exclusively off of writing. But I found out that, at that time, that wasn't a viable option. So I got a job at a large national retail store. While working this job, I still sent out the resume to potential churches. I still went on interviews. I still knew that God wanted me to be serving as a pastor in a local church. And call it luck or call it finding God's will, I was having trouble finding it in regards to a place to serve.

Which is why it was so interesting to get a call from my home church...

They were beginning the search for a new student ministries pastor and recognized that there would be a period of time between the departure of the former pastor and the arrival of a new one. So, they asked if I would be willing to step in and provide leadership during that transitional period. After spending some time thinking and praying about it, I gladly accepted!

So what does this mean?

It means that, while my home church continues their search for a full time student ministries pastor, I'll be working with their great team of volunteer leaders to provide leadership, training, coaching, and direction to the church's ministry to middle and high school students. During this time, I'll still be continuing my search for a full time position. But, I could not be any more excited about being given the opportunity to serve at the place where I was invested in as a teenager!

And I've already hit the ground running! We've got a DiscipleNow Weekend coming up the second week of April that we're working on planning right now!

So, if you're reading this and actually know me (as opposed to just finding my site from google, although that's OK too), please continue to pray for me!

Pray for my leadership over the middle and high school students during this transitional period of time. Pray that God would guide and direct me in building relationships with students and adult volunteer leaders. Pray that I would be able to help them grow in their relationships with Christ and with each other. Also, continue to pray for my search for the place that God has me to serve at long term.

This is a tremendous opportunity that God has given me and I'm extremely humbled and honored to be able to give back to a place that has given so much to me!

Thanks for your prayers...

3 comments:

StacyGal said...

Great News!

melody said...

yeah josh! super happy for you :)

alli.reinhardt said...

this is so exciting, josh! prayers prayers prayers continue to be headed your way. the students are in for a great treat, having you in their lives.