A refreshing time for student ministers

Stop here to be Refreshed! It is time to admit that student ministers are more than the “ministers of wildlife” who protect the rest of us from the daunting task of hanging out with the junior high, senior high and college generation all of our churches so desperately want to reach. Actually these courageous ministers are at the forefront of leadership development for our churches.

Over a decade ago, God called Curt and Heidi Blocker as student ministry leaders at The Church at Arrowhead in Glendale. God has blessed the Blockers with a great ministry at TCAA but also with an increasing impact on student ministers across Arizona.

Curt and a crew of other student ministers have banded together to provide an annual event for student ministry leaders called “ReFresh.” September 26-28 was the second annual Refresh Retreat for student minsters, an event to nourish and encourage these bold ministers who live in the trench of adolescent transition. Listen to some of comments from this year’s participants.

Tim Franks, First Southern, Phoenix: “This ReFresh weekend has been a great time of connecting for my wife and I! We have been able to have several encouraging and important conversations about ministry. We have really enjoyed Keith Cote’s challenges to be stronger leaders and engaging our students in a better way!”

Debra Johns, Kayenta Baptist: “I am not alone! I want to glean from the experiences and talents of other youth leaders. I desire inspiration and accountability. I look forward to furthering these new relationships to come alongside them and for these others to be there for me. God has given us a bond not only through his Spirit, but through our passion for the future of our young people.”

T.J. and Bekah Lewis, Village Meadows, Sierra Vista: “A cost-effective, kid-free weekend in a nice hotel with other folks who are living the youth pastor life in my state? Sign me up! We don’t just want that but we need it. It’s one weekend experience that absolutely lived up to its name. Refreshed indeed!”

Joe and Charisa Johnson, Yuma: “This [Refresh] has given us an opportunity to get to know a lot of the other people who work with youth in Arizona. Working in Yuma, we don’t get a lot of contact with others in the state. This helps us to get information and make connections with others.”

Caleb Spacht, Happy Valley, Glendale: “I sincerely appreciate the convention’s investment in youth pastors. We are often an afterthought so it’s a truly a blessing to be given a time to reflect, relax, and be refreshed. Altogether, ReFresh is an invaluable weekend for any and every youth pastor.”

All of this is made possible by the Cooperative Program giving of Arizona Southern Baptist churches and the servant leader spirit of Curt, and his team of champions: David, Jeremiah, Caleb, T.J. and Preston. Way to go guys!


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