Have you ever felt God call you to do something and your first reaction is to panic?
‘Aaahhh!!! What? How? Why me?’ ‘I can’t do this!’ ‘I’m not mature enough yet!’ ‘I don’t know my Bible enough!’ These thoughts and feelings are very common in our walk as God teaches us to step out in faith.
Check out the testimony of Josh, a third-year degree student. See how he stepped out in faith and obedience, and how he grew as a result.
Hello, my name is Josh and I’m currently in my third year of studying with Reign Ministries. I’m based in Gorebridge, Scotland and I’m thoroughly enjoying the degree course. I had always planned on going into higher education after high school and have always been very determined on having a career in some form of youth work. However, youth ministry had never even crossed my mind until just a few years ago.
After finishing high school without any solid plans, I became quite stressed out about what I was going to do. I had only been a Christian for 4 years and had been leading in our youth activities for less than a year. So, when my youth minister suggested I joined this course my initial reaction was to run away, in the opposite direction, screaming. I felt as though I was barely able to be a leader to one young person, never mind a full group. I also thought my knowledge and understanding of the Bible was very minimal.
Despite having these concerns, I went away and spent a few days praying about the idea. I started to feel a tug from God towards ministry, but I was still unsure. I then decided that if my youth minister, personal mentors, and God were all saying do it, then I should at least give it a shot.
Looking back, I realise that I was being incredibly harsh on myself in regard to my own skills. I’d adapted the unhealthy mindset of thinking that in order to study to become a youth minister I would need to somehow already be one, which is ridiculous!
Now that I’m in my third year, I am extremely glad that I joined the Reign Ministries Degree programme. I know more than ever that we are all on a journey and this, like many situations in life, is a learning experience. I’m being taught the skills and the Biblical knowledge that I knew I was lacking, all whilst having a supportive community alongside me on the journey.
Maybe as you read Josh’s story, some of it resonated with you as you consider your future. Reign Ministries would love to explain more about the degree programme and introduce you to some other students, so why not consider joining us at our next Open Day on Saturday 15th January? There is no single perfect student, so we suspect you’ll be ideal to study with us!
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