“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.
you will soon find out not only who Jamie is, but also who he reminds you of in your life!
Gummy Bears In the Toilet - Who's Your Jamie Lolley?
It’s not that Jamie was all that difficult. I mean, he was, but that wasn’t the issue. I think it was more that he was my first difficult. When you’re twenty-two and have no kids of your own, your first pre-teen experience is, to say the least, interesting. The first real quantity of time you spend with your students may be at a lock-in and you have to deal with these little strangers (I mean friends) they brought. All the while, the parents have entrusted them to you, and your just trying to figure out how to not let them build a fire in the middle of the fellowship hall.