Sunday, September 14, 2008

Preachin'!

Hitting a month that I've been at Two Rivers, and I think I'm having more fun all the time! The high school youth pastor here described me to the rest of the staff as "an organizational monster." That made me laugh!

I've just come off of our fall middle school outreach and small group kick-off, BIG Wednesday, our small groups begin their regular meetings tonight (I'll be leading the 7th grade girls), and our fall retreat at Horn's Creek in Ocoee, TN is coming in in a short two weeks! There is never a shortage of things to do; I feel like every time I cross something off my list, I add three more things. But, I am doing things I'm good at, and so I enjoy it.

I've had the privilege of being able to teach in the Sunday morning middle school large group gathering - the Mix - the last two weeks. The first week, I shared my testimony and life story, adding the punchline "your life starts now" to reiterate to students that their life doesn't start in high school, or when they make the right sports team, or once the next big project is finished, or... fill in the blank. This is a topic that is near and dear to me, because I really believe that middle school kids can change the world!

I got a few compliments from other leaders when I was done speaking and the kids were heading out. I appreciated this, as it was my first time teaching here, and it was good to hear feedback on my style. What really amused me, however, was something I heard the next evening.

I had a meeting to introduce two of my leaders who are going to be working together to lead a small group this year. One of them is a mom of an 8th grade girl. As we were sitting outside Panera enjoying the warm evening, she said, "[My daughter] was really impressed with you yesterday. She came home and said, 'Momma, Katie preached, and she can really preach, Momma. I mean, she can really preach!' I asked her what you preached about, and she couldn't remember, but she knew you'd really preached!" (Emphasis hers, not mine!)

I just laughed, as did the other leader (who is my age, is originally from Minnesota, and moved to Knoxville as an elementary kid). She just looked at me, shrugged, and told me, "That's right. Here in the south, you preach."

So, now I'm a preacher! :-)

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