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Catalyst 2.0 Prayer Guide : We Dreamed a Dream by Ashton Wells

We Dreamed a Dream!   

by Ashton Wells

1 Corinthians 12:4–6:  There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.   

When the Catalyst initiative started, Tyler Tankersley was the Youth Pastor at Second Baptist. He was invited to “dream big” about what more funding could provide for the student ministry. Tyler reached out to volunteers and students to dream with him. We dreamed up a budget that would allow for meaningful summer trips, service opportunities, parties, informed speakers, and more. A budget that would allow our student ministry to go from something that simply served our inner core of students to a ministry that reached out to the local and global community.   

Our student ministry is blessed to have people contributing in a number of ways. We have great parents who volunteer to be present, provide meals, transportation, and support in a variety of ways. We have a congregation that values our students, empowering them to be leaders in our church. Our volunteers attend weekly events, overnight excursions, and week long trips. And our students are always willing to serve, to be present at events, and to contribute to whatever is happening in the student ministry.  

The funds that Catalyst provides, along with all of the nonmonetary contributions listed above, allows our student ministry to grow more into the ministry that we dreamed about two years ago with Tyler. I, for one, am excited to see the student ministry that exists two years from now thanks to the generosity of everyone at Second Baptist. I know it will be a student ministry that has purpose and vision and continuing dreams for their contribution to God’s work in Liberty, Missouri, and the world.

Contributions are not always monetary.  Beyond your financial contribution, what else could you give?  Talents . . .  time . . . ?    
Posted by Terri Soper at 12:00 AM
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