Help! I don't know what I'm doing...
Six months ago my husband, Justin, and I became co-campus pastors of C3 Church Blue Mountains. This was an exciting but scary opportunity for us! I can still remember the moment when our Senior Minister, Ps Andrew Gray, asked us to take on this role - our jaws hit the ground!! We felt unprepared, unqualified and totally shocked!
Once we retrieved our jaws from off the ground, we simply said “yes”, knowing that God would continue to lead us in this next chapter of our lives. Over the years we have been involved in children’s ministry, youth ministry, worship teams and most other areas of the church, and we have found that God always qualifies and equips those who say “yes” to Him. So we just keep saying “yes!” Serving God and His church is the most exciting adventure we could have ever imagined!
Here are a few things I have learnt along my journey so far:
- When God asks you to do something, just say “yes”
Don’t question Him - learn to trust Him in everything. He has your best interest at heart, and He wants to work through you. We can trust Him with our family, career, ministry, and finances.
- We need other people - we truly are better together!
I will admit to sometimes being a perfectionist and control freak, so delegation and team work is something I have had to work on. Team work is a powerful thing – you discover people with hidden gifts and talents; you realise that you cannot do everything better than everyone else; and life is much more enjoyable with other people around!
- Always be listening to the Holy Spirit
I have often found myself in situations I am not trained or prepared for. I have had to learn to listen to the Holy Spirit when having pastoral meetings, leading church services, and when making decisions. It is in these moments that God equips us. We won’t always know what to say or do, but that’s ok because God gives us the words and the wisdom. Learn to listen to the Holy Spirit (when you don’t know what to do and when you think you have everything under control!) I often hear the Holy Spirit telling me to just “be quiet!” I love these wise words from Proverbs 21:23 -“Watch your words and hold your tongue; you'll save yourself a lot of grief.”
- Life is not just about ticking tasks off a to-do list - it is about valuing and loving people
I am naturally an introvert, this means I often prefer to be alone. But ministry is about people! And when we are dealing with people, we must do everything out of love. I have to continually remind myself WHY I do WHAT I’m doing.
- There will be trials, but you are never alone
I love the words that God spoke in Isaiah 41:10 “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” God will never leave you, and He will never forget about you!
I was only 23 years old when we said “yes” to this role. I felt very young and didn't know if I had anything to offer our church members. But God convinced me that no matter our age, background, education or gender, we all have something to give, something to say and something we can encourage others with. Age doesn't mean a thing in God’s kingdom! You are never too young to do something great for God and you are never too old to dream again!
So if you find yourself struggling with something God has called you to do – don’t worry, He will be with you, and He will equip you. If you feel God tugging at your heart, be willing and available to say “Yes, I want to be used by you God.” As incredible women from all walks of life, let’s trust God and step out into all that He has in store for us!
Bethany Eid is a Co-Campus Pastor at C3 Blue Mountains along with her husband, Justin. She works as a Human Resource Manager and studies at C3 College. She loves to travel, play music and spend time with her family.
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