I’ve been working for the past 5 years as a youth minister in the ELCA Lutheran church– the natural career choice for somebody who started college as a pre-med/pre-dental student, and continued into communications and film production, right?
During a grueling and often difficult and negative 2-year internship working in Human Resources for Target Corporation, my high school youth director invited me to walk with the youth at my home church as an adult leader for Wednesday night youth group, weekend retreats, and summer trips. When he announced that he would be resigning his position to go to school to be a teacher, the church hired me as their interim high school youth director. That is the beginning of my journey in professional youth ministry, and I feel so blessed to be able to share in the experiences of growth, fellowship, worship, challenges & doubts, and daily rebirth with children, youth, and their families and community.
To me, it’s all about relationships: healthy, constant, present relationships with each other and God (or whatever other term/name you use). We’re not in this alone. I try to keep the extraneousness in life in the peripherals. As a result, I appreciate and am attracted to those who do the same and keep peace, love, justice, openness and honesty at the core of life. I’m conflicted because I appreciate and look for adventure and yet am so thankful and content with where I’m at. I doubt I’m the only one like this.