Who or what inspired you to enter youth ministry?
For me I was inspired by a great pastor who invested time in me. I became quick friends with his son, but in addition to being my friends father, he took plenty of time to teach me about life, ministry and integrity. He is one of the 3 men I most admire in the world.
When we look to Barnabas in the Bible we see a great encourager who brings Saul into the fellowship of Apostles. Think about the fact that without Barnabas we might have missed out on some of the impact of Paul on the world.
If you look at the survey results coming out right now, it is obvious less and less people are interested in working in ministry. Can you blame them? I know I don’t see a lot of pastors who live inspiring lives that make you strive to be like them. And that is where I come in. Just the other day I was talking to a missionary and my lead pastor and they asked me what I thought about this issue, and I began to ask if it was because Sr. leaders aren’t all that inspiring to be like. Sure there are some who are excellent, I think of someone like Francis Chan and go Wow I wish I could live like that.
So I began to ask myself if I am living in a way that would inspire my students and those around me to want to aspire to ministry. The sad fact is the answer to that question is probably no. I am a good role model, and I believe most of my students look up to me. But I don’t know if I am doing more than inspiring a Christian lifestyle.
While our primary role is to encourage people towards faith, we do have a role to bring up future church leaders. What ways are you leading others towards entering ministry?
Kyle Corbin has been serving youth as a volunteer or pastor for over 10 years. He is currently the youth pastor at the Bridge Church in North Vancouver B.C. You can follow his blog at: kylecorbin.blogspot.com or Twitter: @CorbinKyle