Reflections on a Year of Serving
Over the past year, our church had the honor of hosting four Generation Link Residents who devoted countless hours serving our church, growing in discipleship and pursuing theological education. As we look to another year of the residency program, we want to take some time to hear what God did in their lives last year as well as share an update on their plans for next year.
Addison has been instrumental in helping lead the Coffee Connect, has gotten involved with mentoring kids in a local middle school and is helping develop a student ministry at Centerpoint. He will join us for year two and will continue his work with students in our church and the city.
What is one important lesson you’ve learned over the past year serving as a Generation Link Resident? The most important lesson that I have learned over the past year is to slow down and really focus on my development as a Christian and a minister. Too often my inner drive will get ahead of me and I will neglect the process of development.
What is one way you have grown personally this year? I have grown in my knowledge of the Bible and of God. In addition, I have grown in my ability to share my faith with those who have different beliefs than me.
How has God used this opportunity to help shape your vision for the future? God has used this opportunity to confirm my calling to student ministry and future church planting.
Arthur has served in several ways at Centerpoint and spent most of his time evangelizing and discipling students on the College of Charleston campus. His next stop is in New York City, where he will help with outreach to internationals.
What is one important lesson you’ve learned over the past year serving as a Generation Link Resident? Working full time in ministry at Centerpoint and BCM has shown me that some things take a long time to accomplish, especially matters of the heart. Moving forward, I hope to view ministry as a marathon and not a sprint.
What is one way you have grown personally this year? My ability to care for people where they are has grown a lot this year. To love people selflessly, you have to count them as more significant than yourself (Philippians 2:3) and you have to listen a lot before speaking.
How has God used this opportunity to help shape your vision for the future? I hope to serve as a missionary one day, but I now have more of a long-term view of the future. I hope to build a solid foundation for ministry before moving onto my next adventure.
Ben has helped out tremendously with our kids ministry as well as served in various roles behind the scenes. This summer, Ben will lead Summer Link Charleston and will join us for a second year in the fall.
What is one important lesson you’ve learned over the past year serving as a Generation Link Resident? I learned that I’ve had a narrow view of God that led to feelings of not being good enough. God seemed very distant and foreign to me because I didn't fully realize how he could offer me grace and that I was judging myself and not accepting his grace in my life.
What is one way you have grown personally this year? The Lord is teaching me patience and trust, and that I can make plans and move forward but those things will never happen the way I thought they would, but always happen better.
How has God used this opportunity to help shape your vision for the future? God is teaching me to have a spirit of thankfulness throughout all seasons of life, and that it is ok to plan for the future, but not to bet my life on those things. I am to bet everything on Jesus Christ, and I do not have to worry about tomorrow if I am living in the grace, mercy and love of God today.
Caleb has faithfully served Centerpoint for two years, helping with just about everything from set up, volunteer coordination, event planning, to communications. He also helped Craig Tuck with church planting efforts in the city. He has taken a job with a software company in North Charleston and will continue to be a part of Centerpoint, leading a community group with his wife, Hannah.
What is one important lesson you’ve learned over the past year serving as a Generation Link Resident? The biggest lesson I learned came from the just being part of the church planting process. There were countless practical things I learned from experiencing the first years of Centerpoint Church.
What is one way you have grown personally this year? My time in the residency program has grown my understanding of what ministry in the local church looks like. It has also deepened my wife’s and my appreciation for the body of Christ as we have grown alongside others in community.
How has God used this opportunity to help shape your vision for the future? These past two years have confirmed for me that church planting is something I feel called to pursue in the future.
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