This is semester has been all about learning what it means to be a leader of a Baptist Student Ministry, particularly a BSM at a junior college, specifically Mountain View College in Dallas.
I have been blessed all semester with students who are coming alongside me and together, we are coming alongside the Lord as he already has been working here at Mountain View.
We have seen a student come to know Christ as his personal Savior, and I have had the blessing of seeing him grow in that relationship. We have seen people come and go through our lunches, hearing the gospel every time they visit. We have seen God softening people’s hearts by having them ask questions and participate in Bible studies, learning more and more each week. The Lord has blessed us as we continue to make his name known at Mountain View.
In the midst of everything going on, we decided to participate in Beach Reach during the 2015 spring break. Some of the students had heard about the amazing opportunity to minister to students through Beach Reach. They were so excited to go, we started making plans and scheduling fund-raisers.
About two weeks ago, attended a retreat where the students heard about evangelism and having the right motivation to share Christ. At the end of the retreat, during a prayer session, students were asked to pray over each other’s campuses and write and pray over the names of the lost. As I was praying, the Lord seemed to say to me, “Just because it’s good doesn’t mean it’s right.”
I had been wrestling over the thought that Beach Reach may not be what we needed to do. We had stopped focusing on the vison that every student on campus would at least hear the name of Christ and what he had done for us. Instead, we were focusing on how to raise enough funds to go spend one week in South Texas doing what we need to be doing on our campus as often as possible.
To hold to the vison to make Christ known to our students, we needed to back out of Beach Reach. This was a difficult thing to talk to my students about, but they understood. Surprisingly, some of them felt the same way. It is so easy to stray from God’s vision when we see something that’s still good but may not be for the best.
I am learning what it means to be a BSM leader. God has taught me that being any type of leader means listening to him first and being a good steward of where our time, finances and energy is focused. For us, that involves serving Christ and making his name known to the students at Mountain View College.
Jourdan Pollock, a graduate of Midwestern State University, is serving through Go Now Missions with the Baptist Student Ministry at Mountain View College in Dallas.