Lately, life has been so busy I haven’t had much time to write. As youth ministers, and when I say ministers I mean anyone who works with youth (not just the ordained), we are constantly pushed to the max with Bible studies, worship, planning, service projects, committee meetings, and a million other events. So, last week, I was really looking forward to my fall retreat.
Twice a year (as part of the Bethany Fellowship), I am able to join more than thirty other young ministers, in their first five years of ministry, for a week of relaxation, community, renewal, learning, prayer, and worship. For 36 hours, there is a mandatory silence. Then, once the silence is complete, we break into small groups and do in-depth “check-ins” and prayer. Each person is able to share their story and have a laying-on-of-hands as five or six different ministers pray for the person in the center of the circle.
On the plane ride back home, I couldn’t help but reflect on what an important role the fellowship has played in my ministry. I am not only connected with thirty other young Disciple ministers who share my interests and passion, but also I know that I am kept in their prayers as I too keep each of them in mine.
All of this is to say: Where are you finding support for your ministry?
Ministry, particularly youth ministry, can be draining and lonely. We need to find ways to feed our soul and feel confident that we know we are never alone. I turn to the Bethany Fellowship, my family, my colleagues, my friends, my blog, and my youth. How about you? Where do you turn for support? How can we build a community?