Sheri and I lead high school small groups for several years and really enjoyed our time. Serving young people is a challenge, their emotions are always at full speed, they fight, cry, laugh, sing, all in the span on minutes. I guess growing up is tough.
One of the most rewarding things we found in serving is witnessing these young people grow up. Over the past couple of years we’ve seen a lot of weddings and young people who grew up in the church together naturally come together. I think this is how God intended it. He wants our families to be families that bring him glory.
Today two of our old students are getting married. This young couple started dating while in high school in our small group. This is one of our proudest moments for them. I recall the drama, tears, hurt and joy, laughter and fun times we all had together, and now the seeds God planted back then are yielding fruit. We never know what God is doing in the moment, but over time we get the privilege to witness his plan unfold.
My challenge to you: consider serving in your local church high school ministry. Yes, teenagers a scary, you never know what they’ll say or do, but it’s one of the most rewarding things you could ever do. Young people need Godly role models to look up to. If no adults serve, they look to each other to fill that need.
Is God calling you to serve? Talk to your student pastor. I promise you will never regret it.