In 2 Timothy, chapter two, the Apostle Paul used three different analogies to describe the work of a minister. A soldier, an athlete, and a farmer. Most in ministry understand soldier and athlete, but what does God want us to learn from the farmer? I believe He wants us to learn progress, change and impact rarely happen overnight. These take time, hard work and faithfulness.
In the example of a farmer, we have an image of what ministry most often truly looks like. Most of what we do is plodding along; planting, watering and believing for a harvest each day. As Ministers, we must never forget the words of Paul in Galatians 6:9, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
Last year, 2018, was a year of harvest for Next Generation Ministries. We saw a harvest of growth in almost every area of ministry. Here are just a few Harvest Highlights.
- BGMC giving was the most we’ve ever given in history. Due to the generosity of our kids’, we were able to help many missionaries with their critical BGMC needs.
- STL giving was the highest in over a decade. Because of our teens’ sacrifices, we completed four vital STL projects for our missionaries.
- The NextGen Ministry Team grew with the additions of Katlin McLean as our new Ministry Assistant / Event Specialist. As well as Brad Phillips as our new Network Boy’s Ministries Royal Ranger Director. These two are both gifts from the Lord.
- We facilitated 6 Summer Camps with 73 of our OMN churches participating. We saw hundreds of salvations and recommitments to Jesus, many were baptized in the Holy Spirit and/or called into ministry.
- Royal Ranger Powwow had the highest turnout of campers in recent history.
- Fusion Leadership Conference hit 200 in attendance for the first time ever.
- We witnessed an increase of attendance and church participation at almost every one of our Next Generation Ministry Events. And for this, I Praise the Lord!
Two of the most important words in Galatians 6:9 are, “Let us”. Those two words remind us that it takes a team to bring in the harvest. I am grateful for the team the Lord has given me. Especially Katlin McLean our Event Specialist, Brad Phillips our Boys Ministries Royal Ranger Director, Kimber Anderson our Girls Ministries Director, Wes Sheley & Tom Bachman our Youth Alive Missionaries, our Advisory Teams and all our Event Ministry Teams; without them, we wouldn’t have been able to reap such a harvest.