We’ve written in the past that often the best ministry happens AFTER your small group meeting is over and that’s exactly what happened to me last night. After our group was done and all the guys were standing in front of our student ministry building, one by one they begin to say goodbye and leave. However, three of them stayed behind and while I was saying goodbye to one of the other guys I noticed that the three of them had gone to a far corner of the building, off by themselves to talk. I started to head over there and then I thought to myself that since they took the time go way over there they probably wanted to talk without me being there.
At first that made me kind of wonder what was up that they didn’t want me in the conversation and a little bit sad…but then it was as if God hit me upside the head with a frying pan! They were ministering to each other! And isn’t that what we are suppose to be teaching them?? After they all left I got text messages from two of them and the message was basically the same, “the three of us just had one of the best talks I’ve ever had” “thanks for showing us how to be there for each other”.
The main concept of this website is, one generation teaching and mentoring the next generation. That’s what has happened in my small group. We as leaders can’t always be there for them, so it’s an amazing feeling knowing that they have learned to lean on each other as Christian brothers in a time of need. If being successful in this area makes me feel sad and left out from time to time, fine with me, bring it on! It means that my loving on them and showing, teaching and mentoring them has worked! Praise God!
Coming up soon, we’re going to post about an example of a Generation to Generation to Generation to Generation teaching and mentoring that has occurred, watch for more details about that it’s something Steven and I are super proud of, and another example of what can happen when you let God use you.