â€ª#SometimesMinistryIsÂ a really big high five.
#SometimesMinistryIsÂ receiving panicked calls from mommas who need your help with their teens.
â€ªâ€ªâ€ª#SometimesMinistryIsÂ laughing so hard that you are crying.
#SometimesMinistryIsÂ calling a student out and helping them to see their own sin.
â€ª#SometimesMinistryIsÂ just dropping by to see how someone is doing.
â€ªâ€ª#SometimesMinistryIsÂ filling up water balloons… and throwing them.
#SometimesMinistryIsÂ knowing a student has made some really bad choices but always making sure they know that you and Christ love them.
#SometimesMinistryIsÂ buying a teenager a milkshake.
â€ªâ€ªâ€ª#SometimesMinistryIsÂ sitting by the bed of someone at a nursing home.
#SometimesMinistryIsÂ dancing and singing kids’ songs really really loudly!
#SometimesMinistryIsÂ taking a student out to lunch so they can talk with you about something serious.
#SometimesMinistryIsÂ playing a game of ultimate frisbee so intense that you rip off a toenail.
Ministry is Professional.
â€ª#SometimesMinistryIsÂ scrambling to find one more chaperone for summer camp.
â€ª#SometimesMinistryIsÂ intense (and slightly boring) budget planning.
â€ª#SometimesMinistryIsÂ encouraging someone to volunteer to do something you know they would be GREAT at.
#Sometimes MinistryIs staff meetings.
#SometimesMinistryIsÂ stopping in your busy schedule to do the hard work of praying for students.
#SometimesMinistryIsÂ insisting on a medical release form, even though it is inconvenient.
â€ª#SometimesMinistryIsÂ a non-church civic club meeting, because you’re investing in the community.
#SometimesMinistryIsÂ playing phone tag FOREVER with someone to solve an important question.
â€ªâ€ª#SometimesMinistryIsÂ the best job in the world.
#SometimesMinistryIsÂ not a job at all; it is instead the calling that your other job pays the bills to allow you to do.
Ministry includes Your Own Family.â€ªâ€ª
#SometimesMinistryIs praying with your spouse.
#SometimesMinistryIs date night with your daughter, even if you have to miss a church thing.
#SometimesMinistryIs empowering your spouse to do their own ministry
#SometimesMinistryIsÂ playing with your own children at home at night, and ignoring a phone call.
Ministry is Always God.
â€ªâ€ª#SometimesMinistryIsÂ sitting at a table with a brother pouring over the Word planning to present it in a new and exciting way.
#SometimesMinistryIsÂ watching a student make bad decisions and knowing the best thing you can do about it is to pray.
â€ª#SometimesMinistryIsÂ listening to a student explain the gospel back to you and praising God for his Christian parents’ training.
â€ª#SometimesMinistryIsÂ listening to a student explain the gospel back to you, and realizing they do not yet understand what it is they are thinking about doing
â€ª#SometimesMinistryIsÂ having to take a step back so that you don’t get in the way of what God is trying to do.
#SometimesMinistryIsÂ just the purest ecstasy of full-on, eyes-closed, on-your-face worship of the One who saved you from yourself.
#ManyTimesMinistryIs just plain hard.
#AlwaysMinistryIs worth it.
(Special thanks to @ColvinEarl @savedman97 for their contributions.)
Aaron Tucker has served teenagers since he was one, and currently serves youth of all ages at First Baptist Church of Philadelphia, Mississippi. He is Oklahoma-born (Go Sooners!) and Mississippi-raised (Go Bulldogs!), and loves Christ and family and coffee and youth ministry in Small Town USA. He tweets @Rev_Tucker