Reflections: Methodist Young Leaders’ Conference 2017

Being a first time attendee and mentor, I wasn’t sure what to expect at MYLC 2017: Amazing Grace. I was worried that I could not connect with my group of 12 brilliant young leaders. Here was an opportunity to speak into their lives and I didn’t want to waste it. At first, the interactions were awkward as we barely knew each other. However, through the meal times and games, our group discussions improved. Before we knew it, the camp was over and we parted ways.

Although it was a short camp, I thank God that a few of these youths encountered God. Some encountered God’s amazing grace in Jesus Christ, while others felt the call to full-time ministry. Allow me to share a few takeaways from MYLC:

1. Ministry is tough. We need to rely on God and not ourselves. Allow God’s mighty power to shine through us so all may glorify God (2 Cor 4:7-9). As Warren Wiersbe says, if you can explain it, God didn’t do it!

2. Ministry problems aren’t unique. When we share problems, we learn from each other. Billionaire investor Warren Buffett says, “It’s good to learn from your mistakes. It’s better to learn from other people’s mistakes.” My group members were comforted when they realised they weren’t alone in their troubles. Elijah thought he was the only one left who was fervent for God. God told him how wrong he was – 7000 others hadn’t bowed their knee to worship Baal yet.

3. Ministry takes time. Being faithful is more important than getting results. Growth is in God’s hands, not ours. We only help to plant and water the seed.

I pray that these young leaders will continue to support and encourage each other for the years to come. There is no retirement from the Lord’s service! Two verses that encapsulate my sentiments are:

Hebrews 10:24-25

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

and

2 Timothy 2:22

So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

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