Real Stories from SYMC #8

Marcus Rodriguez.

I knew Marcus through Facebook.  I had heard students talk about him.  And though I think we may have had one of those ‘hallway introductions’ several years ago, I didn’t get to really meet him until last year at SYMC.  It was a pretty cool conversation.  Marcus is actually the youth pastor at the church where I served when we lived in McAllen, TX.  We were able to swap stories, gossip (I mean ‘share in love’), and generally catch up on church life.  As we parted ways and I headed toward my hotel room, I had a palpable sense of peace regarding what good hands ‘my’ students had been left in.  Sometimes we leave churches and we never know what happens to the student ministry.  Or we leave and we know exactly what happens…and we don’t like it.  What an immeasurable blessing to meet someone who shares passion and vision with me – and now the commonality of ministry and relationships with people I love.

SYMC offers so many opportunities to build friendships and swap stories.  And you better swap stories with Marcus.  Who knows, he might be serving in YOUR church in a few years.

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!

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