Excitement is building at my house as the Simply Youth Ministry Conference in Kentucky approaches!! First and foremost, I can’t wait to run away from home to spend some quality time with my own personal youth pastor and a few thousand of my favorite people- youth workers! I want to laugh until I’m hoarse, sing until I escape, and be renewed to a fresh perspective for ministry.
Mostly, though, I’m bursting at the seams to gather with other ministry spouses who know what it’s like to have their spouse change their hair color to pink as a motivational tool; who are on a first name basis with the manager of the local pizza joint; who have had the checkout lady question why someone would buy 40 cans of whipped cream and 13 jars of pickles with the church credit card; and who have had at least one piece of furniture in their house destroyed during a youth event. I know I’ll find friends when ministry spouses gather together for a fun-filled breakfast at SYMC filled with surprises just for us! I’m looking forward to sharing with youth workers about how to help their spouses successfully navigate the difficulties of living a ministry lifestyle. I’ll expose the elephant living under the red couch when you attend the workshop, “Things Your Spouse Wants You to Know (But is Too Supportive to Tell You)”. And I’m humbled to share peer panels with some of the most real and relevant people I have ever met in youth ministry.
This year has been one of the most challenging years our family has ever experienced in ministry. The lowest of valleys has been mingled with the highest of mountain tops. SYMC fuels the trek back up to the top while friends who have walked these mountain paths before hold my hand and tell me that I can make it no matter how tired I am right now. So bring your climbing gear! The air up here at SYMC makes it much easier to BREATHE~
“I will come down and talk to you there. I will take some of the Spirit that is upon you, and I will put the Spirit upon them also. They will bear the burden of the people along with you, so you will not have to carry it alone.” Numbers 11:17