I was blessed to speak at two regional events in the Fall: SoCal student leadership training and NorCal student leadership training. I will be flying up to Seattle, Washington in early December to teach a student workshop and connect with our staff in the Pacific Northwest region.
At these Fall gatherings, we talked about evangelism. At the SoCal regional event, I framed evangelism as boasting: boasting about God’s work in our lives (Jeremiah 9:23-24). At the NorCal regional event, I framed evangelism as reconciliation: proclaiming the Gospel in a way that restores people (2 Corinthians 5:16-19). For the Seattle regional event, I will be teaching a workshop on evangelism. It will my first time in Seattle; I will be working with the staff to understand the evangelistic needs of the students at our UW, SU, and SPU chapters.
It was a blessing to engage the next generation of student leaders. My responsibilities and role on the AACF Leadership Team have kept me in the office for the majority of my week. I spend the majority of my days in front of a computer: communicating, planning, and advocating for AACF. Getting out of the office to minister to students face-to-face was refreshing. It reminded me of my call to ministry: why I decided to go into ministry. It was about people.
I learned in seminary that ministry is the cure and care of souls: to preach the Gospel to the lost and to shepherd God’s people. Although I have ministered over video chats, text messages, and phone calls, nothing beats the face-to-face, in person conversation. When I go to a person and make myself available to them, I am saying, “I am committing this time to you. You have my full attention.” It is a gift to the other person. It is my blessed privilege. In AACF, I have the honor of empowering students to discover their calling in God’s kingdom.
Please pray for these student leaders. They are the next generation that will bring the Gospel into their homes, their neighborhoods, their churches, their workplace, their community, and the world. Pray for me. That I will not forget to get out of the office and respond to the opportunity to do face-to-face ministry.
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