Why Student Ministry? Part One – “He Got Up and Went to His Father”

May 27, 2011

Prodigal Son.  Bankrupt.  Sick.  Hungry.  Eating pig food. Envying his Father’s servants.

Why student ministry?  Students will face pig troughs in life. 

“When he came to his senses . . . he got up and went to his father” (Luke 15:17-20).

Why student ministry?  Students need memories of adults acting for their Father to help them find their way back.

Sunday afternoon cookouts at Jack’s house.  Leon, our smiling Sunday School teacher.  Curt’s basement, where I devoted my life to full time Christian ministry.  My youth sponsors’ actions when I was young helped pave a road for me with memories of my Father.

Why student ministry? There is no magic number of memories which guarantee a student will return.

This is why it is so important to take that student out for a Coke, or teach that Sunday School class week after week, or go to that wrestling match (even though watching two sweaty teenage boys in spandex flopping around on a mat is not your idea of fun). With every bit of asphalt we lay for a student, we help make the Father easier to come back to.

Have you faced any pig troughs?  Which people helped pave your road back to the Father?


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