Primetime in Motion
Deuteronomy 7:7-9 English Standard Version (ESV)
7 It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, 8 but it is because the Lord loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. 9 Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.
I feel like I have been at ABC a long time but have been a member for between a year and a year-and-a-half, it’s amazing how time flies. In March of this year, I became a leader of ABC’s young adult ministry Primetime.
What led me to become a leader? Being part of the community has made a big impact on my life and I really love and enjoy the company of the people there. I hesitated at first but I believe that God has given me gifts to lead, not so I can boast but it’s a way that I can serve and love on PT by helping out. At times I feel like God allows me to bless people indirectly, but it’s awesome to be a part of a community in faithfulness to God allow our changed lives in Christ to change lives that are desperately in need of Christ.
The most rewarding part of my new role is not necessarily about Primetime directly, but how much closer II have grown in my relationship with the other leaders. As we serve together we strive to support each other through the good times and rough ones as well. It has been a blessing to know those around me have the same heart to see people in PT grow and stubborn enough to keep asking and pursuing Christ for that. The four of us were already friends but I believe that we are becoming more of a family now and I hope that family environment can be seen and pursued after by all the Primetimers. Kingdom work brings people closer together.
The most challenging aspect for me is just being patient and faithful to God to hopefully see people grow and move by the Spirit. On a practical note, I have found it at times times difficult to juggle between my daily responsibilities and Primetime responsibilities. I hope to pursue excellence in everything I do and must be brutally honest with myself as to where I invest most of my time and where that time is needed. First and foremost, I need to remind myself to spend time with the one person that matters most in all of this, which is Christ. Without Him, I cannot do any of this.
So far, Primetime has adjusted and transitioned well and we are thankful to God for it. There is no replacing someone like Kenji who really loved on us and helpped lead this ministry. And I would be lying if I said we are not feeling any effects of that change. That said, it has been really good to see Primetimers still come out and support this ministry. It has been an even bigger blessing to see ABC rally and support us too with members opening up their homes, praying for us and always asking us how we’re doing.
There has been a lot of growing pains in being a leader learning the ins and outs of leadership. Though I want to know all the answers, my dependence on God when it comes to Primetime is crucial. I have had to surrender it all to God on a daily basis. I was ignorant with respect to how much Kenji did every week and it has been a challenge to learn things quickly and make sure that logistically everything runs smoothly every week for Primetime. I am not Kenji and I am not pursuing to be him, but God has given me gifts to hopefully be effective for His Kingdom. Even when I am not effective, he graciously puts people in my life that can be effective in Primetime.
For the church: pray that Primetime continues to be a Gospel centered ministry setting our foundation in Christ and loving each other. Even more than just knowing the Gospel, please pray that we as a ministry start to put hands and feet to the knowledge of the good news of Jesus. We have created this great environment but we cannot hoard it to ourselves. Pray that we are challenged and to step outside of our comfort zones to impact the communities that God has put us in whether that be families, friends, work or other connections. Specifically pray that God continues to use us in supporting our outreach to the ESLIM program and pray for more opportunities for PT to serve.