“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.
Every book has a little sadness - though hard to write (and read), we were promised that trouble would exist in this life time...student ministry is no different.
Gummy Bears In the Toilet - Who's Your Jamie Lolley?
The problem is sin affected everything. Everything from behavioral actions to mental thought processes, from DNA to RNA, creation around us to the cells inside us and even from our relationships with others to self-esteem issues with ourselves. Everything from little annoying consequences to serious physical death affects the over 7,000,000,000 humans on this planet. It’s unavoidable. Even Student ministry is not immune.