Thursday, October 30, 2008

girls ministry article

I did this on such a whim, but I submitted my last blog post to Joshua Griffin (HS Pastor at Saddleback Church) because he's doing "guest posts" this week and my blog was chosen!!  He literally has thousands of readers every week... how crazy!
I am blown away that he would put mine up, but so excited!  I absolutely love what I do, and I love that this is just one way to get the word out.  I think that Girls Ministry is a vital part of Student Ministry, especially because of everything that teenage girls are facing today.  I feel like it's so much worse now than even when I was in high school.  There's so much pressure to fit in and to be what the world defines as beautiful.

My prayer is that these girls would find their identity in Jesus Christ.  I hope that this ministry can help them re[define] their view of themselves, the world, and of who God is in their lives.  God is already beginning to do a great work here and I feel so blessed to be a part of it!


re[defined] girls ministry logo

Saturday, October 25, 2008

This is why I do what I do.

When people ask me what my job is, I get interesting responses.  Most of the people in the church think I'm an intern or an assistant, and people outside of the church don't understand how Girls Ministry can be a "real job."

Well, I saw this excerpt from a photo essay by journalist Robin Bowman, entitled It's Complicated: The American Teenager.  She spent almost four years interviewing over 400 teenagers to be a part of this photo essay.

The excerpts that I read were absolutely heartbreaking, and a great reminder of why I'm so thankful that God has called me to do what I do.  There are so many hurting teenagers out there who feel like they have no one to turn to, no one to talk to, and that the world has turned its back on them.  I pray that they see us as a place of safety and refuge.  A place where they don't feel judged, but where they will hear about the saving grace of Jesus Christ and how he can take the broken pieces of their lives and make something beautiful out of them.

Because the truth of the matter is, if we look at our lives, at some point we've all been just as broken.  We've all screwed up big time in our lives, and I think we do teenagers such a disservice to categorize sin like we do.  We've come up with a rating scale for sin, and feel like our sins couldn't be half as bad as theirs are, so we feel better about ourselves.  Not so in God's eyes.  I wish we could grasp this... I think we would be much more compassionate towards others if we did.  I'll be the first to admit that I struggle with this, but it's something that I'm consciously working on.

Anyway, take a look at this photo essay... I hope that it breaks your heart for teenagers like it has broken mine.

I desire for each of the girls in our ministry to know who she is... first of all in Christ.  If she knows that, she can face the world like a champ, and the rest of the issues don't seem quite as scary or huge.

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds


Hebrews 10:24