As I look back, I taught nearly 300 students in 10 classes. My ministry classes (Youth Min, Teaching for Life Change, Spiritual Formation, Grad Youth Min.) were great. Getting to know students on a personal level. Encouraging brothers and sisters in Christ in the Gospel for work in all sorts of ministries.
My Religion In Life classes (gen. edu.) were also great. It is a challenge to teach the basic Christian faith to the Millennial generation (18 to 22 year olds). Many have heard the Bible stories, but have missed the life application. Others (very surprising to me) have never heard a clear presentation of the Gospel. Everything is tainted with cultural Christianity, revival preaching with “turn or burn,” and legalistic finger-pointing, which this generation does not care for at all. The amazing gift of the Gospel is brand spank’n new to many. I have a great opportunity to be the first exposure to what Jesus did on the cross. I have seen lives changed.
There have been other significant adjustments. Working for an institution, not a church. Working with over 300 employees, not 20 or less. Going from being a key leader in an organization to being a underling. Understanding the systems, policies, and structures that no one really tells you about but expects you to learn very quickly.
All in all, it has been an amazing Year One. One of the best years of my life. I believe I am here to stay. Oh and by the way, I got a Year Two contract. PTL!