I’m a fresh graduate with a Bachelor’s of Science in Christian Ministry with an emphasis in Youth and a minor in Theology.
While that feels good to SAY, it’s not doing me much good right now. In a leap of faith, or stupidity, or something like that, I moved back to St. Louis in order to help out with my family. And while the last month has been fruitful in my relationship with my sister, moving her into my grandparents and giving her somebody constant for once in her life, I am still unemployed. I’m not one to not have anything to do; last year I was a full-time student, worked a draining job for 32+ hours a week, and also worked at a church. So I was pretty stinking busy! This month has been great, but I’m out of money, out of patience, and out of sanity.
It’s not all my fault that I’m unemployed, let’s be honest. I’ve been offered three jobs, but I rejected them, knowing that there is SOMETHING out there that is hand-picked, God-ordained for me. In my confusion, I applied for a Children’s Minister position in a very rich West County suburb of St. Louis. Does any part of that sentence make sense to anyone? I got very far in the process, and basically had it when I woke up one morning and said, “NO.” What was I thinking? I’ve been called to ministry with TEENAGERS. My spiritual gifts of exhortation and teaching would be extremely overlooked in children’s ministry. Could I have done a “good” job? Of course. But I wouldn’t be serving the body of Christ properly had I taken that job.
All this to say, this summer has been CRAZY. I thought the identity crises would end when I exited college, but they seem to be even worse among me and my fellow college graduates! It’s weird having a degree, and feeling like you have to beg someone to hire you. It’s harder having a degree in ministry, knowing that God has called you to something and trying to be faithful to that; yet still not having a way to pay bills. But have I mentioned how faithful GOD has been? He has been so faithful in providing all of my needs, and I am reminded of how He IS my identity, and all I really need is in Him. I also humbly remind myself and my colleagues that ministry isn’t a position, but a calling. I don’t need to be in a church to do ministry. Ministry is my LIFE.
I have an interview on Tuesday with an organization that helps at-risk youth around STL. I’m excited about the opportunity, yet sad because I have to start with an overnight position and try to work my way up. But hey, it’s full-time, pretty good pay, plus I get benefits. Not gonna complain if I get it! And it’s better than the other jobs I’ve been offered, because I am confident that my gifts can be used to edify the Church, even if it’s not in a church.