“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.
...and Sons...there are students that you will have that renew and keep you in ministry. This chapter shares the story of one of mine.
Gummy Bears In the Toilet - Who's Your Jamie Lolley?
She is the student that never really left, and that’s a good thing. Monique is one of those cases that keep us in student ministry. She is the kind that renews us as leaders and pastors. It keeps us working with students because it provides evidence of long-term pay-off for the time we put in. Many times we don’t see the reward. There is an aspect of short-sightedness or impatience that invades the mind of each one of us. It’s hard to move past sometimes, but then there are the moments and students, that God uses to remind us of the bigger picture.