More than ten years ago, I found myself in a position to use my talents and gifts in technology to help a lot of my local churches and ministries. The first was with a parachurch ministry at the age of 16 to not only dream up what we could do to serve teenagers but also had a healthy budget to hardwire and install the whole building. My second opportunity was in my then home Mennonite church. At that time, I was running sound, projector, slides, and recordings all by myself before I had ever graduated high school.

Today, we are back here to see family in the area and I can see my legacy live on. The volunteers running the system don’t know me or what I had done to lead to these positions, but they are serving well. It’s amazing to see the legacy given and the fruit that can come from it and encouraging to continue going forward and serving well.

I encourage you all, if you are serving in your church, do so with the intent of the ministry being there 10 years later even if yoy aren’t. And pray for the future leaders that will serve in your ministry, even if you never meet them.

Posted by Jeremy Smith

Jeremy is owner of and the Co-Occurring Program Coordinator and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor at a community mental health center. Jeremy has a history of working as a ministry director for Youth for Christ for 8 years and then working as a mental health and substance use adult counselor in Colorado and Ohio, specifically running an Opioid Residential Treatment Center.

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