Have you found yourself called to student ministry? Are you a student who has been asked to help lead in church activities? Help! I’m a Student Leader is a guide to leading and relating to a group of Christian youth in an effective and Christ-like way.
This book embraces Biblical truths in its approach to youth ministry by looking to Jesus’ leadership methods. Fields especially emphasizes the importance of servant leadership in the life of Jesus and of modern students. From church to school to home, student leadership is encouraged as a way to live, even outside of the context of youth group.
Written by a youth minister, this book is most directly aimed at high schoolers who have been called to leadership within their youth group. But this guide is also helpful to adults who plan to work with a group of Christian youth. In addition to the adult leader perspective, each chapter includes a response from an actual student leader with insight into the youth mindset. With interactive fill-in-the-blanks and discussion questions, this book could be used as a training curriculum for emerging leaders in a youth group.
Author: Doug Fields
Publication Date: 2005
Length: 138 Pages
Reading Level: Young Adult
Content Warnings: None
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105
One year, my dad received an industrial flashlight for Christmas. It was nearly as big as my head and could completely light up a room. When we walked at night, it could light the path one hundred feet ahead of us.
But in Psalm 119, God does not provide us with an industrial flashlight. He offers us a lamp. Of course, when the Psalms were written, industrial flashlights did not exist. But the Psalmist could have called God’s Word a torch or a blazing fire. Instead, the Psalmist compares the Word to a lamp, which provides limited but sufficient light.
Rather than lighting up the path ten feet in front of us, sometimes God just allows us a lamp, which illuminates only what is immediately in front of it. We don’t always understand God’s plan, but that is because we cannot see the full picture. Sometimes we can only see one step ahead, but that is all that is required. God only asks that we trust Him to guide us one step at a time toward the destination he has planned for us.
Lord, please grant me patience when I feel I cannot see where You are leading me. I will trust You with wherever You guide me. Amen.
These past several months have been a lot to handle. After various natural disasters, violent attacks, and social injustices, many have been shaken with fear. In times like these, it can be difficult to hold faith that God will keep us and our loved ones safe. Little voices in the backs of our minds ask, “What if this is the time He says no to my prayers?”
I have not escaped the fear our Christian body has experienced over the past several months. But I hope to share the promises I have held to during the chaos.
1. No mortal can take from you what God has planned.
In 1 Samuel 19, Saul is so jealous of David that he attempts to kill him. Several times, in fact. But God had plans for David to become one of history’s greatest kings, and protected him against Saul despite the odds. God has plans for each of us. If there is something we are intended to do, no mortal human can stop God from allowing us to do it. No matter how angry, determined, or afraid they are, no human is a match for the God of the universe. If He wills it, he will protect us and those we love.
2. We are invincible until God is finished with us.
God has a purpose and a plan for each and every one of us. Personally, I have felt God’s call in several aspects of my life, from career to relationships to service. I have yet to complete many of the things I feel He has called me to. This leads me to believe that He is not finished with my time on earth yet, and will protect me from external harm. But if He decides that my mission has been fulfilled on earth, who am I to disagree? I don’t want to live in this world if God does not intend for me to be here.
3. God’s will shall be done.
No matter what, God’s will shall be done. Many reference Jeremiah 29:11 when they feel despair: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” This was originally written by the prophet Jeremiah to the exiles of Jerusalem, but I believe it can be applied to our various situations in the modern world. God knows the plans he Has for us. And His plans will be accomplished, no matter what.
God has the complete ability to say “no” to our prayers. But He only does so according to His greater plan. Though I may fear some of the threats of the world, I do not fear that God does not know what He is doing. I trust Him to protect me and those I love so that we may follow His calling. Whatever happens, I know it will be according to the Lord’s plan.