Growing as a Leader,  Ministry Strategy

Intersection of the Past, Present and Future

My high school Young Life group at Wilderness Ranch

There are those moments in our lives where our past crosses our present as it moves towards the future. It’s in those moments of intersection that God provides a glimpse into how He’s orchestrating our lives for a purpose we may have never seen or anticipated.

I had one of these moments this past week when I had the opportunity to speak with Young Life’s Camping Department about leadership, professionalism and the current state of Christian camping. It’s an intersection because of the significant role Young Life’s played in my life.

I’m a Young Life kid meaning I attended Young Life club, campaigners and camp as a high school student. Next, my wife Denise and I served seven years as volunteer Young Life leaders. Then I moved into involvement on Young Life area committees before stepping back because of family and work commitments.

Young Life’s played an enormous role in my spiritual, emotional and leadership development as well as influenced my personal philosophy of ministry. So when I was asked by Steve Thompson, Young Life’s Vice President for camping, to speak to his team, an intersection of my past and present occurred.

But it’s also an intersection of the present and the future because of the continued need of Christian camps and other youth ministries to work together to serve young people. Because of the world in which we live and the culture we’re called to work, I’m convinced the future of effective ministry to young people will require the cooperation of like-minded organizations such as SpringHill and Young Life.

This week my past intersected with my present, but it’s to the future where I’ve now set my eyes and will continue to take steps on the path God’s graciously illuminated for me.

One Comment

  • Michael Smith

    Love this. It is a rare but wonderful moment when we realize we are part of something so much bigger than ourselves. The larger adventure of a life totally sold-out to Jesus brings together circumstances, talents, gifts and personal connections so profound that we are allowed to influence complete movements and generations of young people. Michael, you are standing in a place of divine calling. You are one of my heros, continue to lead with the heart of a servant! Peace.

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