Those of you who know me well, would know that I have been working alongside Shane Combs and the rest of the MovementSM staff for the past 7 months. It has been a journey all the way from my first nerve racking days in May of this year, wondering what the summer would, all the way to this moment when I am staring at the calendar and it reads November. Many would believe that at this moment I will begin to be sad and nostalgic, but I am not I just want to express to those that are listening the impact that the Movement Student Ministries as had on my life.
As I said before I came into this ministry without knowing anyone (besides Shane briefly) in May of this year. I jumped right in working on Summer programming, trips, WOODLANDS, with Amber and that time Mitch. It was a great summer of trial and error and getting to know one another, especially getting to know Shane, not only as a boss, but as a true friend. Shane had the opportunity to speak at a conference in Dallas in early August and because of his fear of flying Mitch and I had the chance to drive and tag along. This may have been one of the best bro trips I have taken in a long time. Although, their were ups and downs there were conversations to be had and memories to be made.
We then moved into the heart of the Student Ministries calendar, the fall. This year was especially exciting because there was a vibe of anticipation and excitement. We began Cell Groups and leadership that went off great with over 200 students in the Cell Group ministry. More students every week were coming and hearing about the gospel of Christ, many of them accepting Jesus into their heart for the very first time. There is nothing better than the feeling of when a student truly "gets it".
In the meant time, I began a bible that meets on Tuesday mornings at 6am with 6 promising young minds and a co-leader (Jason Beck) called McTuesdays. This name given to the program by the students reminds us of the day and the fact that we will be enjoying wonderful McDonald's breakfast as we dive deeply into the word of God. We went through much of Genesis, stopping every 4th week to have a Question week where the students can ask anything they would like. This study has not only challenged the students, but it has challenged me to continue to teach at a high level and grow with the students.
My fiancé had the privilege of going on the Cell Group Leadership trip to Gaitlinburg where Jenny fell in love with some amazing young ladies (Mackenzie Essig, Miranda Gladish, and Alex Harrell). She then became the first two's Cell Group Adult Leader and they have been great friends ever since.
Moving forward things have begun to slow down student ministries wise, but only to amp up last week when we threw Block Party 2.0, a fall themed party for all the students involved in Cell Groups (275+). It was so exciting to be a part of such a huge success and we are so excited for Block Party on Ice which is coming soon.
With all of these crazy things that have happened in my 23 weeks here at MovementSM and all the other crazy things that are still to come, God has taught me one thing. He has taught me that despite your attitude or the attitude of those around you, in is your responsibility to glorify him to obedience. Not the obedience of just following his commandments, but true obedience involving trust, peace of mind, love, dedication, gratitude, giving, and sacrifice.
As I finish out these last couple of weeks at MovementSM, sadly, I am so excited for what is to come and what God has in store for Jenny and I. Whatever it may be I am merely excited to obey God in that call and continue to worship him through obedience, with a joyfully, humble heart.
till another day,