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Serving God through FCA

I can’t begin to count how many times I’ve been told that I’m at school to get my education.  But, when I graduate from Anderson University next year, it won’t be the classrooms that I’ll remember.  It won’t be the memories of my time as a tour guide, or my experience as a RA, that will capture my heart.  No, it will be the Monday nights, it will be the sleepless nights of discussing FCA’s vision, and it will be tears shed with Leadership that shall cause my soul to miss college.  And I wouldn’t change a thing about that.

This blog post is for those people who are applying for FCA Leadership, and for those who are on the fence, trying to decide if FCA’s Leadership is for them.  If you are one of these people, then I want to share what FCA has meant to me.  Below are three truths that God has taught me during my time with Leadership.  Through this, it is my hope that you will join me in serving the King of creation through FCA. 

God creates out of dust.

I joined FCA Leadership at the end of my freshman year.  At that time, the ministry only gathered once a month and averaged an attendance of about 15 students.  Looking at FCA now, it’s unbelievable that was less than two years ago.  But, at the time, it was a very overwhelming position to be in.  There was a great hope for what God could do through FCA, but the likelihood of growing the ministry was very low.  All that we could do as a ministry team was trust that God would use what little was available.  From that point it wasn’t easy, and it still isn’t.  We went through growing pains, and many of us on Leadership grew weary and frustrated with the ministry.  But, for some reason, God decided to use the dust that scattered throughout FCA.  And in the past two years the Lord has formed a ministry for His glory out of dust.  At FCA, we get to be dust, and we get to see God create beautiful things for His own enjoyment.

God likes to use nobodies. 

In case you didn’t already know, FCA is completely student led.  This fact comes with one major pro, as well as one major con.  I will start with the con (cause everyone likes to hear the good news last).  The greatest struggle in FCA is that we have no idea what we’re doing.  Much of this comes from the fact that we don’t have a supervisor.  We don’t have anyone with significant ministry experience calling the shots… and that makes ministry hard at times.  The greatest pro is exactly the same: We have no idea what we’re doing.  This allows us to be nobodies.  No-one on Leadership thinks that they have it figured out, which causes us to cling wholeheartedly to the power of the Holy Spirit.  Through this we have seen God move in amazing ways.  We don’t claim to be wise, and we know that God is the only One who is.  Because of this, we have seen God make known the Somebody that He is by using the nobodies that we are.  At FCA, we get to be nobodies, and we get to reflect the glory of God.

God shines brightest through imperfection.

I’m a perfectionist.  If you don’t believe me, ask anyone who works along side me on Monday nights… they will attest to that fact.  So, needless to say, this last truth has been hard for me to learn.  At FCA, stuff seems to go wrong all the time.  Every week there is something that breaks, someone who messes up, or equipment that refuses to turn on.  But, for some reason, people continue to come, and God continues to work.  Because of this I have come to realize that God’s perfection is displayed best through our imperfection.  Not only through logistics, but also through lifestyle.  I have confronted others on leadership about sin in their lives; likewise, they have confronted me about sin in my life.  Even though we seem to always mess up, God gives us grace and invites us to serve Him through FCA.  Because of our imperfection, we get to see the perfection of God on full display.  At FCA, we get to announce the perfect nature of God by admitting our imperfect nature.

So, here is my invitation to you: If you would like to be an imperfect, spec-of-dust nobody that gets to serve a great and glorious God, then please apply for FCA Leadership.  Being a part of this team has been the greatest experience in my college career, and I’d love to experience it with you.

In Christ,

Bob Tompkins
FCA Director of Weekly Gatherings

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Posted by on April 6, 2014 in Uncategorized