“I think you may find the point is simple: to encourage you. As a student pastor and leader myself, isn’t that what we all really need? Yes, the glam and name recognition is nice, plus being the youngest person on staff, meaning you are the “cool” staff member. But in the end, with all the fame and fortune (I use the term fortune lightly…and comically) that comes in student ministry, burn out and low points are inevitable. These stories won’t feel all that unique, because many will be familiar to you and your own experiences in some form or fashion. In fact, though we like to think we’ve got the coolest, newest thing in student ministry, well…never mind, I want you to read the rest of the book. Let me say this, from start to finish, I want to “bookend” on..”
Excerpt From: Chris Ward. “Gummy Bears In the Toilet - Who's Your Jamie Lolley?.” iBooks.
Chris Ward and his family reside in Little River, SC outside Myrtle Beach. He served as the Family Life Pastor at Seacoast Vineyard Church and has worked with Student, Kids, and College ministry for over 12 years in the local church. He has a Bachelor degree in Marketing & Management and owns and operates a Real Estate company in Little River. He also obtained his Master's Degree in Discipleship Ministries from Liberty Theological Seminary.
First off, when reading this book you should have that one kid in your mind the whole time...you know the one...the one that at the time made you question your job, sanity, and religion (lol)...
Gummy Bears In the Toilet - Who's Your Jamie Lolley?
Here is the bigger question: Do you know that one kid in your ministry? For some of you, the question may read more like this: Do you remember that one kid? Not to be gender biased, but most likely it is a boy (though I have seen some girls in this role, but in all truthfulness with the whole maturing faster thing, girls just aren’t an issue until like high school, you know?). This boy is probably that new sixth grader in the group. Don’t act like you don’t know this one. He has disrupted your message so badly that even your scribbled notes can’t get you back on track. Duct- taping a kid to a chair was never a thought before him.