Today at my church was "Youth Sunday," highlighting the very vibrant and active youth ministry there. SoulFire led the Sunday morning worship and my new protege Kyle played the piano along with one of our songs.
Kyle is going into sixth grade and is a phenomenal musician, dancer, artist, etc... and a quick learner too. When SoulFire announced that we were going to train up a youth band to lead youth group worship, he prayed about it and felt that God wanted him to learn to play piano in worship. So I took him on as my "apprentice," so to speak -- which is exactly what I love doing. I feel selfish when I'm the only one who gets to enjoy doing what I do, so I feel it's incumbent upon me to train my replacement. How else are church musicians going to be trained up? Why should we in the church rely on the secular world to train our musicians for us? Anyway, Tim and Mark are working with the guitarists, and we're all helping out with the vocal team. I'd like to see the whole thing work on a discipleship model; people being trained, then replicating themselves, so to speak. Nobody ought to feel like their position should be permanent; what a waste!
One of the girls in the younth group approached me tonight and asked me if I'd be willing to be her mentor this year. I feel very humbled by this; I mentioned it to Blue Fish, who chuckled and said, "Oooh, you get to be an officially-sanctioned bad influence! Cool!" heh Seriously, though, I'm really excited to get to partner with this young lady. I may end up learning a lot more from her than she from me. In fact, I'm counting on it.