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Thoughts on a 50 hour bus ride to CHIC

3 comments Written on June 18th, 2012     
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Marc Lantz - Youth Pastor, Faith Covenant Church Breton, Alberta, Canada

Where will you be the Friday morning before CHIC 2012 kicks off in Knoxville, TN? Perhaps you’ll be enjoying the summer sunshine while you mow the lawn before you’re gone the next week, or maybe you’ll be packing your bags and answering the rush of last minute calls from worried parents and students – wondering what the weather is like in the South in mid-July (HOT AND MUGGY, FOLKS!). I know what I’ll be doing that morning, it has been planned for well over a year already. I will be settling into my seat along with the rest of my group as we begin our 50-hour journey from Breton, Alberta, Canada to CHIC – by bus. Yes, you read correctly! We will be on a bus for over 2 straight days before we get to the block party Sunday afternoon on the University of Tennessee campus. Keep watch for a cloud of body odor pouring out of a van – that’ll  be the youth groups of Alberta!

Many of you are dreading your own bus rides, which may only be 12 hours. Trust me, anything over 12 hours on a bus is all the same anyhow! It stinks, your back hurts, you have sung more annoying pop songs than you can handle, and no, “we aren’t there yet!”

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I’m a Youth Pastor and Not a Rock Star, There is a Difference Right?

2 comments Written on January 30th, 2012     
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Author of this guest post, Marcus Lantz serves as the Youth Pastor of Faith Covenant Church in Breton, AB.  Marc also serves as the YMN Facilitator for Canada.

I’m 26 pushing 27, just over three years into my first youth pastorate call, and I’m as insecure as ever about my ministry. I want to share a bit of insecurity that crosses my mind every so often when I’m reflecting on my call to serve students, “Am I working hard enough?”

Networking with other youth workers is important to me as I serve in a rural church. I need to be in touch with other youth workers to feel support and to hear what’s happening to the greater youth ministry. That’s the good part. The tough part is when I gather with other pastors and their phones are “blowing up” with text messages from students, while my phone is on “power safe” mode in my pocket for days before hearing from a student. I often feel like I’m not investing enough in students when my peers seem to be so central to the survival of the teens they serve and I’m “just another respected adult”.

The topic is often a prayer cry, “God, show me your will for my life. If I need to spend more time one on one, then open doors for it. If online resources are ways of connecting, then convict me to log in more often.” The list goes on of ways I am not giving everything to my students. However, my prayers are often answered with a simple gesture from someone that God uses to remind me that I’m a “servant of the Lord” who deflects praise toward His throne instead of seeking personal praise. Now, I know in my heart that these peers of mine are doing everything they can to live out their calling, but leave it to the enemy to try and attack something as special as the support of my fellow youth workers. When I’m honest, I know I’m doing my best with my gifts to serve the Lord. It looks different than other youth pastors, and it doesn’t have to be wrong.

Insecurities were rarely a problem for me before I accepted God’s call to ministry. What was never even on my radar is now one of the biggest attacks to my sanity. I write this to hopefully connect with others who feel flooded at times with the insecurities of doing God’s will. I pray we brothers and sisters in Christ will release those insecurities to our Heavenly Father who is Truth. Then John 8:32 will become more and more real as we are set free from those insecurities.



Youth Ministry Network

The Youth Ministry Network (YMN) promotes healthy Youth Ministry in the Evangelical Covenant Church by helping Youth Workers to be known, connected, and resourced.

Within this new structure there are two defined roles, the YMN Facilitator and the YMN Leader. Each conference has only one YMN Facilitator while there are many YMN Leaders in each conference, determined by the geographic reality of each region and affinity groups. The role of Youth Ministry Network Leader is a revision of what was formerly known as a “Frontline Coach”.

Discover who the new Youth Ministry Network Facilitator is in your conference by visiting http://www.covchurch.org/youth/ymn/. There you will find each YMN Facilitator’s contact information, location, and a photo. Introduce yourself to them today!