Twenty years ago I made a little covenant with God that I would respond positively to any invitation to train biblical preachers that came my way. No matter what He called me to do in terms of a job, the idea was to make space always for this task as a kind of 'call within the call'. I'd go anywhere for however many people with whatever church group. As I look back it has been these sorties into local churches that have sparked my deepest delight in serving God.
BUT not in my wildest imaginations could I have expected last Saturday's event. The participants in the seminar were still in High School, some of them as young as 14. It was the brainchild of Sarah Harris whose daughter, Lydia, discovered a passion for preaching while on a mission trip to Mozambique. 20 teenagers attended. I was struck by their seriousness and enthusiasm as well as the depth of their questions. I was also impressed by the quality of the training provided by the other facilitators.
If this event is anything to go by, the ministry of preaching in NZ is in good hands. Now - the big question - will pastors and vicars and ministers give them the encouragement and opportunities to enable them to progress?
If you know of young people who might be interested in any ongoing events and/or resourcing, I urge you to contact Sarah directly: firstname.lastname@example.org