A Week In..
Well, I’ve been here over a week. Tonight will be my 2nd Wednesday night here at Red Bank. Things are still kind of slow, only because my job is so relational, and I haven’t met many students. Well I take that back, I’ve met A LOT of students. So many, that it’s hard to get to know them as individuals, instead of masses. A group hug, followed by introductions, is hardly the way to retain pertinent information from students… but it sure did warm my heart and make me excited about this next year.
I did a week of observing the different program elements we’ve got going on. I’ve spent time getting to know the adults who so lovingly pour in to the students here, and now I’m hoping to really dive in. In a couple weeks we’ll kick off our small groups, which is the main focus of my job here. Discipleship, community, relationships, applying the Word practically to our everyday… those are things I’m passionate about. Almost to the point, that it’s hard for me not to just place myself as a small group leader, instead of the leader of the small group leaders. I hope the girls wont mind me dropping in to their groups regularly.
My friend Alex came to get me last Thursday and took me on UTC’s campus to go to their weekly Campus Crusade meeting. Red Bank is really involved with CRU and so I wanted to check that out. I’ve heard so many good things about it, and it was so exciting to stand in a PACKED auditorium and to hear from Seth how the year before that space hadn’t been even close to full. God is moving on UTC’s campus, and I’m hoping that I’ll be able to get involved in college ministry here in Chattanooga as well as working with the youth at Red Bank. My friend Rebecca and I have been throwing around the idea of doing a Bible study together, with some of her friends from school. I would love that! Not that I have any crazy words of wisdom to give these girls, but I have been where they are now, and I just think it would be a huge blessing to have the opportunity to walk alongside them and encourage them while they’re in school. Who knows. I’m praying for the Lord to open and close doors and that He would show me wise ways to spend my time.
Then Friday and Saturday I spent time over at Seth’s house with Seth, Olivia, and then Alex and Steve stopped by some. The guys in the Seth Medley Band are working on a new CD, and Olivia and I got to record some of the vocal tracks. It was so much fun to just sit around and listen to the incredible talents that my friends all have. The CD sounds so great so far, and I can’t wait to hear the final product. What a blessing they are to me, as they encourage me in my own gifts as well. I’m so stinkin proud of them, and grateful that they allow me to walk so closely with them in ministry.
Sunday was Red Bank’s pastor’s last Sunday. He’s moving to Alabama to pastor a church, and oh goodness, Sunday was a sad day. You could tell from the pulpit, the pastor was grieving over leaving a church he and his family have grown to love. Sitting out in the congregation, the feeling was much the same. It’s obvious that the love they feel is mutual. I didn’t anticipate accepting a year long position with a pastor-less church. It’s definitely not ideal, but I know the Lord has me here for a reason. That confidence has not wavered since getting here… well maybe it did a little bit, when I looked around Sunday morning and accepted the fact that Molly will NEVER be wearing jeans to church as long as she’s here. It balances out though.. because I can wear them at my desk all week long. I’ll survive it.
So that’s the latest. I’m about to head over to the student center for our Wednesday night programming.
Pray for me and for the guys (seth, alex, drew, steve, and Robert) this weekend as we head out of town with UTC’s CRU to lead worship for their fall retreat. Pray for big things to happen in the lives of these college students, and that God would receive all the glory for the things that happen.