Like any challenging day things start building well in advance.
It was the conversation with my Lead Pastor at the coffee shop. The retreat with the high schoolers that bonded the group. Stories of life change and getting to be part of it. A calling to something new.
I love teenagers, but I am not a life long Student Pastor. My time in student ministry has been incredible and I am so thankful for the experiences and relationships developed, but yesterday that part of my life started to close. But that was only the half of it.
My favorite thing to do in ministry is to baptize someone. Not because it makes them saved, because it celebrates that they have been saved. The holy moment of celebrating life change, death to life, broken to whole, old to restored, that gets me excited.
As it happened I got to baptize 13 people this week, 12 on Sunday. These were friends I’ve done life with, students who I’ve journeyed with, kids with simple clarity, and adults who were finally making a decision.
But that wasn’t all.
By the end of the service I was numb but so grateful for this community that is behind us.
Rookie Pastor will not turn into a church plant blog, it will remain a resource for young and new church leaders. Of course my perspective will shift but I am still committed to this as a secondary calling.