I was reading an article about going to the volunteer well, to see what I was missing when looking for good volunteers to help with youth ministry. (Here is the article) As I finished the article, I realized that the premise that the author ended with was missing something. He said that Jesus didn’t minister by himself because it wasn’t the right way to minister and his choosing of the apostles proves that. However, it was the fact that he was not going to be there forever, that required him to deputize his apostles to take over his ministry. He spent the time with them to show them how to preach and minister to the people, so when he left, they were ready to take over. Of course, Jesus would send the Holy Spirit to be with them to empower them to fulfill their calling, but he was leaving the spreading of the Gospel to them.
Those of us who are involved in youth ministry should look at our jobs the same way. If we are planning on a long career, we should be looking for people that can fill our shoes when it is time for us to follow the Holy Spirit, where he is leading us. Jesus knew that his time would come, and we know that ours will as well, albeit probably not in the same way that Jesus did. However, we must be willing to fulfill our calling in ministry by at least following in the footsteps of Jesus, when it comes to identifying our successors. Just a thought I had today, so I figured that I should share it.