INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - Unable to land "a good job", local college graduate Mike Murphy was offered the position of youth pastor at his church. He was surprised that he was even offered the job, since he has no training at all, doesn't really like kids, and doesn't really go to church.
"I am kind of shocked," Mike said. "I recently graduated from college with a B.A. in history, but was unable to find work. No one would hire me as a teacher, and I am not willing to work a job unworthy of a college graduate - it took me 7 years to get my degree after all."
Mike continued, "I decided to go to church last week and after the service, as I tried to leave before talking to anyone, the Pastor shook my hand and asked how I was doing. I told him I have been looking for work and haven't been able to find a job." The pastor responded, "Well we have a youth pastor position we are looking to fill. Is that something you would be interested in? We are looking for anybody."
Mike said his parents have been bothering him about not working, so he felt like he had to take the job. "Sure I'll take it." Even though Mike doesn't feel qualified himself and isn't sure what he would actually do, his pastor and others reminded him that "All of us have fallen short of the glory of God, so nobody is really qualified for the ministry. Your job as youth pastor will be to host pizza parties, sleepovers, have bouncy houses, play games and every now and then, talk about Jesus for 5-10 minutes tops." Mike replied, "I can do that."
Mike seems to be motivated to take on this new role, even if it means he has to work on Sunday mornings, Sunday nights, and Wednesday nights doing something he really doesn't want to do.