Great Guest post today that challenged me tremendously by Geoff Stewart on 3 things that don’t matter to your students and 3 things that do matter to them:

Recently I have been reminded about a painful truth about ministry life and the pastor sub-culture that each of us is a part of whether we like it or not. Sitting having a coffee with a student last week I was reminded of this:

What doesn’t matter to students:

1-Who follows / mentions us on Twitter

2-Where we spoke on the weekend

3-How many people read our blogs

What does matter to them:

1-That we love Jesus and passionately model that relationship to them.

2-That we sincerely care about their life and their story.

3- That we encourage them and pray for them often.

In the midst of opportunities and distractions, it’s so easy to forget that the students that we lead don’t care about all the other stuff. They just need us to Pastor and lead them, to accept them and encourage them, be there when we say we will and passionately shepherd them. Our integrity to speak about leadership is rooted in us being healthy, rooted leaders at the local Church level working in the trenches.

Geoff Stewart is the Jr/Sr Highschool Pastor at Peace Portal Alliance Church. He loves teaching, writing, and equipping Youth Ministry leaders. Stewart, his wife, and two cats (Norman and Puff Daddy) live in a suburb of Vancouver B.C. called Surrey. You can follow Geoff’s daily musings at http://www.twitter.com/geoffcstewart

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