My First Year in Ministry
Updated: Nov 11, 2019
I’m so happy to say that I’ve just passed the one year mark of my journey in vocational ministry!
When I was in the middle of my second semester of grad school, I decided to start interviewing for volunteer, intern or paid positions in student ministry. As door after door was closed, I started to lose hope in finding a place for me. But one day in October of 2018, I received an email from my director saying that there was a position available at a church down in Burleson!
With no previous student ministry experience, I began my journey in vocational ministry at First Baptist Church of Burleson. I really had no idea what was waiting for me in the upcoming year but my call from God to this place was undeniable!
When God called me into ministry, I fully expected to see Him move in big ways and He sure followed through! I can’t put into words what a blessing it is to get a front row seat to see what God is doing in the hearts and lives of the teenagers in our student ministry.
These students have a special way of looking at the world. They have eyes of love and mercy towards others, not judgement. They also have a heart to know their Savior intimately and share this heart with those they come into contact with. It makes my heart burst to see them so unashamed of their faith. They are world-changers and they inspire me every single day I get to work with them. Getting to participate in Christ’s Great Commission is truly a humbling and awe-inspiring experience.
I have gotten to see the students having so much fun while skiing in Winter Park, Colorado. I had the privilege of serving a along side them in Sololá, Guatemala. I saw them fellowship and worship together at camp. I get to do life with them every Sunday and Wednesday! I have truly been blessed beyond all measure by this student ministry!
Along with huge blessings, there have been a series of challenges that I never expected coming into the ministry world. I was presented with challenges and temptations that I haven’t faced before in my 16 years of walking with the Lord. Satan has been whispering lies in my ear this year more than he ever has before. Lies that tell me to quit ministry because it’s just too difficult and comes with too much heartbreak. Lies that tell me that I’m unqualified for this blessing and that God could never use me to make any sort of different for His Kingdom. Lies that tell me to get a more lucrative job instead of living paycheck to paycheck as long as I follow after this calling the Lord has placed on my life.
These challenges cast a whole new perspective on the way Jesus was tempted by Satan. After Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist and before He began His public ministry, He fasted for 40 days and nights in the Judean desert. During this time, Satan took the opportunity at the end of the 40 days to tempt Jesus with hedonism, egoism and materialism, coming at Him from all sides in order to derail His ministry before it even began.
It brings me so much comfort that my Savior went through and overcame the same temptations in His first year of ministry that I am currently trying to walk through. It gives me hope that when my strength fails, my Savior’s never will. He gives the perfect example of conquering temptation with Scripture, countering lies with truth and pressing into the Father when tempted to succumb.
In light of my first year in ministry, it’s clear to me that the enemy will whisper lies and make empty promises in order to derail ministry. It just means that Kingdom work is getting done and the devil wants to prevent it at all costs. And I think it’s important to not overestimate or underestimate the enemy’s power. If I’m not equipped to counter the devil’s attacks with truth I might succumb to them, however, if I rely completely on the Father, Satan will not stand a chance.
Here’s to many, many more years in ministry, friends!