It finally happened… today is my official first day as the Student Ministries Pastor @ Hillside Bible Church! WHOA!
I know, I know. You’re all thinking, “Lord help them, they don’t know what they’ve done!” Ha ha ha. Let’s get the jokes out of the way… anyone have a bald joke they’d like to crack at this time? #Icantakeit 😉
It’s been a long journey. God first called me to vocational ministry when I was a teen. I had a sense of it even before then, but things got real in my teen years.
As a kid I argued theology and studied the Bible, as a teen I proclaimed my dedication to pursue a vocational ministry position, as a college student I began volunteering in various leadership roles in my local churches, and as a seminary student I studied to become a pastor.
And now I’m here! And there’s one quote that keeps bouncing around in my head: John 3:30, “He must become greater; I must become less.”
In my mind, being a pastor is all about serving. It’s not about being known or liked, it’s about serving God by serving his people. And after 6 years at Starbucks I know all about serving… well, serving customers at least! But it was something that always attracted me to the barista world. I lasted there so long because, in a way, I felt it fulfilled part of my calling- but definitely not the whole.
As I enter this new position and role, the following passage from Mark 9 frames perfectly what I’m thinking and feeling.
“(Jesus and the disciples) came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on the road?’ But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.
Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, ‘Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.’
He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.'”
“A servant of all, with a spirit of welcoming.” Sounds like a great (cheesy) ministry by-line for my business cards, but I love it all the same because for me, it’s true!
I’m surrounded by wonderfully supportive believers here at Hillside, thank God! But to any of my fellow Christians back in GR reading this, please take a second to prayer for me entering into this new role. I’ve had many friends and family tell me they are praying, and it means the world to me! Keep it coming!
-For His Kingdom-