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2 Things to Remember in Youth Ministry!

 —  March 11, 2014 — 4 Comments

god-is-in-control_4534_1440x9001. It’s all ministry.

2. God’s in control.

These two phrases have had me thinking a lot about how little I have to do with how God uses me, and how there ‘s more to ministry then what we traditionally understand. God has been showing me that there is no limits to what He can do in us and through us. I’ve had situations where a student shared with me that 8 months ago that a hug I don’t remember giving was the catalyst for his life change. I’ve also received text messages about how something I said in passing changed a students life for the better. I had a conversation with a student about an invitation they casually received from a leader to go to summer camp. Well, that ended up kick-starting the students walk with Christ. I’ve had students share their testimony with their parents, and their parents come to Christ through it. This is why the phrase it’s all ministry and God’s in control exists. And if you think about your ministry I sure you can think of some stories of unorthodox life change.

Sometimes when we don’t recognize these two phrases, we run into issues and begin to think:

  • I need to make this program, message, song, conversation and event perfect because that’s how students come to christ when things are done right and perfect.
  • Let’s make God do more by praying harder.
  • If only I can put the right words together they will change.
  • It’s just a conversation, smile, high five, coffee, remembered name, hug, ride, invite, or Facebook/Twitter/Instagram post of encouragement. None of that is real ministry.

When you understand that everything we do as youth workers is ministry and God’s in control you begin to think:

  • I’m going to be intentional about the small things because I know God uses them.
  • I will strive to do my best and allow God to do the rest. It may not be perfect, but it will be worth it, If I serve from my heart.
  • God is not a genie in a bottle. So I won’t petition HIm as if He is.
  • The Holy Spirit will give me the words to say. I just need to surrender to him and allow him to use me.
  • God help me see every opportunity I have to share my faith and your love.

I used to think that God worked in a certain way, because of tradition, I used to believe that ministry was confined to a certain area of life. I was sadly mistaken. God wants to use every part of our life. He wants use our strengthens, weaknesses, failures and wins. He won’t let anything go to waste. Also, we must come to terms with the fact that ultimately God is in control. I would even say rest in the fact that God is in control, because it’s a good thing. Would love to hear how you are stretching yourself to think outside the box when it comes to ministry. Also, what does (God’s in control) mean to you?

hope it helps,


Aaron Crumbey

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Aaron Crumbey oversees Pastoral Care for the high school ministry at Saddleback Church. He cares deeply about sharing Christ with students and seeing them reach their full potential in Christ. He's married with three children, loves family time, sports, movies and all things musical among some other things. He also runs www.yoacblog.com.

4 responses to 2 Things to Remember in Youth Ministry!

  1. Thanks for the articale, I needed that reminder. I’m starting to become a veteran at youth minitry, but I still need to be reminded that God is in controle. The youth ministry is not my ministry but it is God’s to move and work in. I am humbeled that God would use me. Thnak you for the encouragment and edification.

    • Aaron Crumbey

      I’m with you…I want to always remember that apart from Christ I can do nothing, which is very freeing when you think about it. God’s got it and we are to just be faithful with what’s been given.

  2. Thank you for this article. Encouraging. The ministry I have been heading up has had ups and downs and I have been struggling with numbers in my head. Thursday when we met only 3 showed. I could have been depresses instead I turned to God. He ha a plan and the four of us had a great time as I explained in detail what Jesus did for us upto and on the cross as just a one on one conversation. I watched as a kid that did t know what he believed moved a huge step closer to Jesus in that moment. Yeah I could have chalked it up as a fail teen night instead God used it to reach this one kid all because I listened to the one small voice. Thank you for the article.

    • Aaron Crumbey

      Dude that is awesome!!!! Sometimes we feel like numbers determine our impact or success and that’s just not true. Look what Jesus did with twelve!!!! I can see those three students looking back on that time in the future as a huge part of their walk with Christ!!!!


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