This post you’re reading today is our 400th post on this blog. What started as a six-week guest post spot on our friend Dennis Beckner’s blog, volunteeryouthministry.com turned into us starting our own blog and 400 posts later we’re still going strong.
We’ve seen our reader numbers continue to rise, we’ve been picked up by other blogs and had our blogs reposted on some pretty awesome websites that we read every day, and we’ve been humbled and honored because of that. We have blog ideas come to us from all over the place and from our experiences. Before writing each blog, Steven and I pray that these words are God’s words and not ours, that we are just God’s mouthpiece. We also pray that God will put our blogs in front of other student ministry leaders who struggle with the same issues we do and need some ideas on the same problems we face. Each time we get a comment or an e-mail from someone we’re never met telling us how our blog has helped them, it just encourages us even more to keep going.
God has blessed us with the talents and gifts of student ministry and one day He will hold us accountable for what we did with these gifts. We LOVE the fact that we can help students grow in their faith and through some tough times in their lives but we also love that we can help other leaders and volunteers who face the same tough student issues that we do.
I am honored that I get to write this blog each week with Steven. I love his heart for students, his gift of wordsmithing, his sense of humor and his biblical knowledge. What started as a mentoring relationship has turned into an amazing friendship between us. I’m not ashamed to admit that our mentoring relationship probably resulted in me learning and growing just as much as he did if not more. It’s the reason I’m such a huge proponent of mentoring. It’s a win-win situation.
We have tons of ideas and blogs to come yet, and we thank all of you for reading this blog each day.