“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.
as Neo said in one of the greatest trilogies of all times - "The problem is choice" - LOL - Choices take us new directions, and youth pastors know this all to well.
Gummy Bears In the Toilet - Who's Your Jamie Lolley?
I can also remember the new choice of going to youth group at night. Again, it was expected of me to be there by my parents. I actually thank God every day for two parents that really didn’t give me a choice on that, doing it in such a way that it was my “choice” but set up as their expectation. Since I had some leadership roles in our student ministry, I really couldn’t miss anyways, yet having the ability to drive still gave me the illusion of choice when it came to attending youth group.