Today I want to share how thankful I am for our youth pastor.
Over the years I’ve talked with many women who were disillusioned, to say the least, with their church’s youth programs. They had become places where FUN (and not always wholesome fun) was the #1 priority and encouraging a growing walk with God was an optional extra, if on the agenda at all. Some have shared stories that shocked me that these things were going on and condoned (or initiated) by men claiming to be serving the Lord.
My youth pastor is a wonderful man of God. Over the years we’ve seen him grow in his own relationship with the Lord. But we’ve also seen his views, goals and priorities steadily grow more and more toward a passion to disciple the teens to walk a life of faithful service to Jesus. He loves fun just as much as the next guy, but he also realizes that his priority with the youth is to come alongside parents to help disciple the teens in the few short years he has with them.
His summers are FULL with ministry opportunities for the teens, with foreign, national and local missions trips. He gives opportunities for them to learn how to share their faith and how to grow their faith. He provides monthly opportunities for the teens to serve within the community with what he calls A.W.O.L. (a work of love).
He also provides avenues for the youth to learn to minister within the church with M-Teams (ministry teams). These include: art team, worship team, video team, drama team, outreach teams and AWANA team. His passion for discipleship and stepping into leadership is an inspiration to the youth as they go off to college. Many of them return (for school breaks or afterward) to serve within the youth ministry themselves.
So, today I’d like to send off a HUGE thankful heart to my children’s youth pastor, PJ (Pastor Jason) Borton. May the Lord bless your life and your family as you labor for the rest of us in faithful godly service.