One of the hardest things about doing student ministry in the same place for so long is saying goodbye to the graduating seniors and making space for the incoming 6th and 9th grade students.
We only have so many relational pegs:
I am sure you have probably heard the term relational pegs or something to that effect. The basic idea is our hearts only have so many relational pegs in them. We are one giant (or in my case, small) fall green lego panel. On this lego panel we can fit a finite number of lego people. Each lego person takes up two pegs, and once our panel is full so is our heart. Being in one place is good news on so many levels.
But it is pretty difficult to offload students with whom you have given your heart to. You love all your students, and as they graduate they stay on our panel and when they come back we love to catch up with them, and hear all about their new adult lives. We work hard to track down our current and former students in an attempt to both maintain relationship as well as check in on our investment.Read More