Today we have a guest post from Michael Hudson. Michael is new to student ministry and is co-leading a high school small group with Matt this year. Look for more from Michael in the future!
If you would have told me a year ago that I would be co-leading a small group of 15 awesome freshman guys with Matt, my previous small group leader and one of the most inspirational people in my life, I would have replied, “There is no way!” Fortunately that is the case and God has blessed me with just that.
From being able to have been in Matt’s group to co-leading with him is truly a gift. I always remember him telling us that being a leader was just as much a blessing if not more than being a student in the group. After meeting one night with our small group guys it dawned on me, “Wow he was right!” It really is a mutual blessing being a leader of a small group. A lot of times I think we forget that point as leaders. And when we are pouring into our students God is also blessing and growing us in radical ways at the same time.
This is where we get the idea that being a leader is just as rewarding as being a student in the group, and co-leading has done just that for me. This small group has really challenged and grown me in my faith, something I never thought leading a group would do. It’s called me to live my life out in a greater way, to be a better example for our guys and on top of all that I feel I have already learned just as much as I have taught.
Leading a small group really is a blessing in disguise.
Mike Hudson is a student at Cal State Fullerton and works on the Refinery Staff at Saddleback Church in the student ministry building. He is following his calling into student ministry and this is his first year co-leading a high school small group.
Poor guy, he works for Steven in the Refinery and is Matt’s co-leader…pray for him.