It was a simple blurb in our church bulletin: "Volunteers needed for youth ministry." As a newly married 20-something, I thought working with teenagers sounded like fun. And I wanted to get involved in our church's ministry. But the position came with a sizable time commitment, and between work and our other obligations, I didn't want to spend that much time away from my husband, Erik. That's when I had a great idea: we could both get involved in working with youth!
So I asked Erik the fateful question: "Honey, how do you feel about youth ministry?"
"I guess we can give it a try," he replied tentatively, obviously having never considered it before.
With that we jumped into youth ministry with both feet. It felt wonderful to do something for God while working together as a couple. It not only strengthened our relationship with Christ, it strengthened our marriage by allowing us to focus as a team on a common goal.
But a few months into our new roles, the youth pastor left, and Erik and I found ourselves heading the weekly youth meetings! Because we were both committed to making our adventure work, we hung in there, working even closer together as a team because of the difficulty of the challenge.1