Who Will We Be in a Year?



By Emily Capes


Every action we make affects others.

One action.

Positive or negative.

It’s pretty mind blowing if you think about it!

I’ve been serving at a new church this year and it’s been a harder transition for me then I have ever experienced. Their previous youth minister was with them for eight years. It seems like they don’t want changes. It feels like they are trying to keep me and other adults at a distance. Don’t want to answer questions. Many inside jokes. Great youth. Just…aloof.

Anyone else ever feel this way?

I’ve been wondering how my actions and words will affect them? Who will we be in another year?

Also, how do I invite these teenagers to realize the impact of their actions as well?

Honestly, I’m still working on all of this.

I don’t have it all figured out.

I’m following my gut. I’m inviting current and new adults into authentic relationship with our youth. I’m attempting to listen well, pray for their families, notice their hope, try to see them as a child of God and of course, to laugh with them.

I’m also realizing that I am learning. New ways to try to do youth ministry. I’ve gone to new ministry sites that have absolutely blessed me! I’m attempting to learn more about their community and culture. Learning so much.

Every action.

It goes both ways.

Can’t wait to see who we are as a group in a year!