…but I don’t. I’d really like to spend more time meeting with them, talking about the kids, their struggles, their successes, strategic steps for discipling the kids and so on. I’d love to help them better understand the social and emotional issues that kids are dealing with like loneliness, depression, stress, academic pressure, peer pressure, pornography, relationships, families, etc. But I don’t.

We meet once a month after youth group for an hour with the volunteers as teams. That is, one week I meet with the Middle School volunteers, the next week with the JV volunteers, and the third week with the Varsity volunteers. And, for the last 6 years, I’ve met every Thursday morning with the college-aged volunteers for debriefing, writing postcards to kids, and training.

But I seem to miss meeting with them individually. I seem to miss truly equipping them with real resources that really help them be the spiritual mentors they can be. In fact, I rarely meet with my volunteer Sunday School teachers. I’m not entirely sure why. I think my time just gets eaten up by so many other things that are important to me. Eventually, I may have to give up something. But even then, I’m not sure I’ll follow through with this.

Or, perhaps I am meeting with them enough and just need to give myself a break. I don’t know…maybe this constant drive to do better is creating in me a craving for something that isn’t possible right now. Hmmm….

Author: Jim Murphy

Associate Pastor | NextGen Ministries Covenant Church, Bemidji, MN

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