It’s chapel day at Mile High Academy. This usually means
there is a guest speaker on campus. Today, we are privileged to have Pastor
Nash from LifeSource Adventist Fellowship leading our chapels. Which means that
currently on our campus there are four ministry leaders roaming our halls. I
can’t let this opportunity pass me by.
Chapel over, I gather them all together for an impromptu sit
down. Seated are Pastor Andy Nash, Pastor Mikey Archibeque from Denver South
SDA, Pastor Tony Parrish from Littleton SDA and teacher at MHA, Mrs. Rebecca
Berg Chaplain and teacher for MHA, I explain that I’ve wanted to hear their
perspective on something for a while. This is a heart to heart.
The question on my mind is, why do ministry leaders from all
over the Denver area take time to visit our MHA campus? What benefits do they
see in partnering churches, community, and schools?
Mrs. Berg is the first to answer, probably because she is a
teacher and used to asking the questions herself. “The kids see the churches
that support our school, they recognize the pastors that come onto campus, they
start calling them by name, this is huge for our youth, it personalizes the
Mr. Parrish jumps in next, notice he’s also a teacher.
“Ministry is all about relationship. Pastors need to know the names of the kids
before we teach them anything else.”
Now, the thoughtful pastors start chiming in, “Being with
people, sitting down with them, talking with them, eating with them, this is
ministry.” Pastor Mikey knows what he’s talking about, too. You’ll often see
him in the Upper School commons just sitting at a table with a group of kids.
He’s not preaching, he’s being.
The last to chime in is Pastor Nash, but his wisdom is for
all of us, “Kids need loving adults in their lives besides their parents who
will show them Christ. Teachers, chaplains, members of the church, yes, even
pastors, that’s the family they need surrounding them.” He adds, “Youth don’t
leave because their parents didn’t tell them about Jesus, they leave because no
other adults around them showed them Jesus.”
Thank you, to all the leaders who take time to mentor our
youth. It makes a difference!