It Wasn 't Until I

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It wasn’t until I was a newly hired Youth Minister at just 21, employed full-time at a church in Indiana that I realized, I had no idea what I had gotten myself into. I went to Bible College, I had the training, but yet, something was missing. After a few months of frustration, I realized, the problem was, I literally had no idea what I had gotten myself into. So I began to wrestle with the question, ”What is ministry?” I had an assumption, but rarely are those well informed, or, at least in my case, even half accurate. My naiveté said if I just taught the bible, and made myself available to the students, that transformation in their lives would follow. Yet, the fruit that I was hoping to see, as the first year waned and we moved into our second, never quite seemed to make itself known. It wasn’t long after that tumultuous first year that I was reading in Ephesians 4, and I came across these words from verses 11-13, “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” There before me, was as clear a picture as could be painted by scripture, for exactly what ministry was. Ministry, at least in my case with the role that I had been given, could be defined as the process of equipping God’s

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