Student & Family Ministries – January 10, 2018

                   Matt Larkin


This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend the wedding of Josh and Sarah Chamberlin. Josh is a youth pastor in Jacksonville, Florida, and someone I had the opportunity to mentor for a few years when he was just beginning his ministry career here in North Carolina. At that time, Josh was recent graduate of Lancaster Bible College, and had been part of our AIMS internship program, having done an internship in Loganville, Georgia.

As I took part in this joyous day, I had the opportunity to reflect on some of the time I’d spent with Josh during those first few years of his ministry, talking through issues with him, listening to him share ideas, and offering advice and counsel when necessary. That time of mentoring Josh was truly rewarding and built a friendship that, I hope, will continue well into the future.

I was on the other side of a similar relationship with Rev. David Patterson, the man who both helped me follow my call into ministry and mentored me during the first years of my ministry career. I am eternally grateful for his ministry in my life, and for the many ways God used him to help shape and mold my approach to this important calling we know as gospel ministry.

This type of leadership development is vital in Christ’s church. We see it modeled in Scripture by Paul and others, as well as by Jesus himself. It is a task that all of us, as pastors and leaders, are called to, and one that we don’t often take seriously enough. In the coming weeks, you’ll hear about some of our increased focus in this area of ministry. One that we hope will be a support to our churches as you endeavor to raise up the next generation of pastors and church leaders. For us to raise up new leaders, we are all going to have to partner together, exploring the many tools at our disposal, and the methods that God may be ordaining for this purpose.

If you have any questions about ACGC’s leadership development efforts, you can contact me anytime at 1-800-676-0694, x. 240 or Feel free to contact me anytime. I’m glad to serve you in any way I can.

In Christ,
Matt Larkin