Those of us who have grown up in the evangelical church have learned, whether directly or indirectly, that “real” ministry requires significant sacrifice. For some reason, we seem convinced that the work of the Great Commission should only occur beyond the borders of the United States. Yet there are people all around us looking for mentors. We’re missing an opportunity to care for the loneliest generation.
Sixty-nine percent of individuals surveyed for Springtide Research Institute’s “The State of Religion & Young People 2020” who reported having one adult mentor also believe their life has meaning and purpose. The same survey reports 85 percent who have two to four adult mentors and 91 percent of those who have five or more adult mentors said their life has meaning and purpose.
The more mentors someone has, the more meaning they believe their life has.
This recent survey matches what my husband, Ordell, and I have experienced throughout the past twenty years of relational ministry. Our ministry has always centered around the athletic teams Ordell coaches. As we have welcomed people into our home, spent time leading Bible studies, and listening to and praying with others, we’ve repeatedly seen the impact we make in the lives of people when we take a genuine interest in their lives. When people know we care about them, they trust our perspective on life. Embracing “holy interruptions” has allowed us to affirm that we care about people and has opened them up to hear and consider our views on life.
As a football coach’s wife, relationally mentoring college students is a natural part of my yearly rhythm. Living on mission for my family looks different from living on mission for other families, but our heart for whoever stands in front of us is the same. As we interact with our team on and off the football field, we strive to show the players we care about what they care about, whether that’s the latest video game release or their classroom success.
For my family, holy interruptions vary. One day we may join the team on the sidelines and cheer our hearts out so each player knows we see them. Another day I may intend to run a few errands alone only to have a student text and ask if she can talk about a challenging situation. Rather than becoming frustrated that I need to change my plans, I choose to multitask. I embrace the opportunity to spend time walking shoulder to shoulder with someone who needs a listening ear and welcome the company I have while running errands. Continue reading my latest post over on The Glorious Table
 Josh Packard, 2020. The State of Religion & Young People 2020. 1st ed. Bloomington, MN: Springtide Research Institute, 89.
As Christ’s ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20), we’re all called to “make disciples of all nations” wherever we live. God invites us to partner with him and live on mission every day, even in the mundane moments of life. We do this when we love people as Jesus taught the disciples to do, without stipulations.
Embracing Holy Interruptions: How Jesus Used Mundane Moments to Love People Deeply is a six-week Bible study that teaches people how to develop a disciple-making movement.
This is not a step-by-step instruction manual.
Jesus modeled using mundane moments to love people, build tension, and point them to God in a way that caused many of them to step from a curiosity about God to a fully surrendered faith. We can adapt his methods and learn from the examples in the Gospels today. This study aims to help people keep their eyes on Jesus and improve their inductive Bible reading skills while also learning to love their neighbors to the best of their ability.
This 6-week study is available in both print and Kindle formats.