Two of the guys in my high school small group are interning this year at Saddleback Church and I could not be more proud of them. Funny thing is I’ve had people come up to me and congratulate me that two of my guys were picked to be interns this summer. I’m flattered but this is not my story to celebrate. Erick and Mike have earned this. I watched these two guys grow in their faith this past year and watched both of them just get on fire for God and for spreading the Word. I’ve watched them open up and say yes to God. I’m very proud of both of them but also proud of all of the guys in my group.
Erick is interning with our membership team at Saddleback. This team deals with serving opportunities in our community. This is right up his ally; Erick has a huge heart for serving and for helping others. He has a huge amount of Bible knowledge and has a way of passing that on to others without being “in their face” about it. (Erick has written a guest post for us that will run on Friday this week, check back and read his story!)
Mike is interning at Saddleback with the Office of the Pastor. This is ironic because I’ve often referred to him as the Pastor in my small group. He is always there for the other guys when they have been troubled or hurting. I’ve watched him after our small group time take one of the other guys aside to talk and pray with them. Being an intern for Pastor Rick Warren’s office, you can imagine the opportunities he will be exposed to, but he is a pretty humble guy and this has definitely not gone to his head. I wish I could tell you I’d be the same way, but I’d probably be screaming from the rooftops letting everyone know where I was interning.
We’ve often written that once your students graduate and move on to the next stage of life, does not mean that your responsibility to them also ends. I want to be make sure my guys know that I’ll be there if they need to talk, need some advice, or just someone to listen. My role in their lives will now change from that of small group leader to mentor. It’s a role I will proudly serve.