Faith and Leadership, Nathan Kirkpatrick has been talking for years about over-investing in young people and the importance of giving the youngest generation a shot at not only Christian formation but also Christian ministry. But what does “over-investing” look like?

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A New Year’s Resolution for Ministry

By: Rob Lee
January 13, 2014

As a young person, I have been blessed by ministers in my life like Nathan who have given me a chance in the pulpit and office, molded my life and ministry to that worthy of the calling to which I aspire, and most importantly have believed in the work God has done and continues to do in my life.

A friend, colleague and mentor of mine at Faith and Leadership, Nathan Kirkpatrick, has been talking for years about over-investing in young people and the importance of giving the youngest generation a shot at not only Christian formation but also Christian ministry. But what does “over-investing” look like? Internships, fellowships and other programs offer on-the-job experiences but do not always allow for “over-investing” to take place, especially if the mentor involved with those programs is not suited well for the mentee. Those experiences may cause more harm than good. The reality is that the church and others cannot ignore this situation. Young people are alive and well and want experiences in active church ministry and need someone to walk beside them.

As a young person, I have been blessed by ministers in my life like Nathan who have given me a chance in the pulpit and office, molded my life and ministry to that worthy of the calling to which I aspire, and most importantly have believed in the work God has done and continues to do in my life.

Perhaps this New Year you might be the person who gives someone a new opportunity to grow in his or her calling. You might be the one who encourages that feeling in the back of a young person’s throat and gives voice to ministry in this troubled and confusing world. My hope is that one of your resolutions this year will be to encourage a young leader to go on an adventure of a lifetime in ministry and that you will be the person standing beside that leader when he or she succeeds, and yes, when he or she inevitably fails. May God grant you grace to over-invest in the hope of ministry - and find the fruition of God’s calling in the lives of those young leaders.

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