Real Stories from SYMC #50

Shan Smith.

I met Shan a few years ago at the Simply Youth Ministry Conference.  Shan is one stellar guy – and a great pastor.  Recently, he has defected to the dark side (senior pastor), and I can’t even bring myself to loathe him for that, as I do most.   :)

Today, Shan called me.  He knew our family has been facing a particularly ‘stretching’ time in ministry this year.  He just wanted to let me know he was praying for me and see how we were doing.  He wanted me to know that, although it might be lonely right now, we are not alone.  He just wanted to stand alongside me in ministry.

I love Shan – and he’s why I love Simply Youth Ministry Conference.  Shared life.  Community.

You can find Shan on Facebook or Twitter.  You can also find him at this year’s Simply Youth Ministry Conference in Louisville, KY.


Author: Darren Sutton

I've been in student ministry nearly 30 years…which generally just confirms how much I still don't know. Some days I'm the pizza-eating, over-responding, teaching-on-the-fly, desperate-for-volunteers, frustrated-with-co-workers youth leader that we all are. And sometimes…I knock it out of the park. I'm everywhere on social media that you are!

One thought on “Real Stories from SYMC #50”

  1. I have the awesome privilege to live and work less than 2 miles from Shan Smith. He is a leader in our community and I consider him a close friend in ministry! I was saddened to learn that he was demoted to the Lead Pastor role but will forgive him! (HA)

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