Looking back at my journey with God, it is apparent that I would not be the person I am today without influence from the friends and mentors I have made at church.
These friends remain my longest and dearest friends. They continue to provide me with the best advice and sounding boards possible. Though we may be in different cities, the foundation of our faith keeps our friendship strong even to this day.
That’s why I chose to join the the students and youth ministry team, CREO, at Tenth (and also at my previous church). I hope to see kids stay in the church and mentor them along the way. I ve been doing so for the past 10 years. At times it does become a little draining—but God continues to shape me through my experience with the kids.
I hope to see change in the way kids view church. Perhaps their awkward teenage years will be a little less awkward through mentorship from the CREO leadership team. There have been some struggles, but through it all God has shown me that the only way to influence the kids is to live and honour Him, as well as to remember that I am nothing but a mouthpiece for him.
Couple this with Pastor Ken’s book, God in My Everything, and it has really re-focused my day-to-day routine (even though I’m still working on it), making God the centre of all I am doing.
And let’s face it, you know you’ve done something right when one of your former Sunday school students is now an intern at Tenth (or you’re just really old).