In our fifth installment of women in youth ministry Chad sits down with Becky Gilbert to learn from her years of #YM wisdom and learn that Lockins do affirm youth ministry callings. Lean in as Becky shares the truth of what it means to be called and follow through for the long haul. It is such a needed encouragement.
n this episode of After 9 Zac interview blogger, speaker, and middle school minister extraordinaire Kristen Lascola. Listeners will love her story of falling into ministry time and time again. Lean in as she shares her struggles of moving from being a volunteer, intern, director, and pastor. Share with her in the difficulty of being both pastor and parent to a newborn. You are going to love the honesty and humor that this episode brings.
I sum up my calling like this: God opened doors and I walked through them. When I was 18, I was asked to be a small group leader for my church’s junior high ministry. I asked myself, “What the heck is a small group leader, anyway?” After a year of that, the ministry director asked me to intern for her. “Ok? What the heck does an intern do?” A year later she asked me to take over her position as one of the girls’ directors. “Hmmmm….I’m noticing a pattern.” And then, I was asked to interview for the junior high pastor position at one of our off-site campuses. Now, 13 years since my start, I’m still doing what He so purposely called me to do; being a middle school pastor.
I love it (most of the time). If I’m perfectly honest I wrestled with the question, “Are girls allowed to do this?”. Volunteering and interning is one thing, but being the head of my own ministry?