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Smith is speaker at the first Lenten Luncheon

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Fayette Faces

By Panzi Blackwell

Scott Smith, the youth pastor at First Church of God, will be the speaker at the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance’s first Lenten Luncheon next Wednesday at First Christian Church in Vandalia.


This year’s theme is “Unity,” and Smith will share the Book of Ephesians 4:1-7.
“Not that we (churches/denominations) all have baptisms the same, Communions the same, services the same robes for the choir, the same appearances of our churches, different doctrines. Christ is our unity,” he said.
As youth pastor, Smith oversees all aspects of the youth ministry, including teaching and all activities, such as fundraising and camps … anything in which the youth are involved. He also preaches the third Sunday of every month.
“I’ve always wanted to be a youth minister; it’s the only job I’ve ever wanted to do. My dad was a youth pastor for 10 years, and that is the only thing I have ever felt right doing,” he said.
“I’ve worked at other jobs, but I never felt that fulfillment until being a youth minister,” he said.
“I was a youth minister in high school. I was working with the junior high when I was in senior high,” he said.
A Bit of Scott’s history
Scott is from Kansas City, Kan. He and his wife of five years, Cristi, and their 9-month-old son, Elijah, came  to Vandalia last September.
The enjoyment of his son is obvious as he talks.
“He is into everything, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Everyone says that once they start walking and talking, you tell them to be quiet and sit down, but I think it’s fun and exciting.
“You only have them for so long at home, and he has already changed at 9 months. I don’t want to rush that along,” he said.
“Even if he gets up in the middle of the night, I just spend quality time with him, one-on-one. You don’t get that much anymore. People take that for granted,” he said.
Working with the Youth
“We are working on it. We are trying to focus on not necessarily just numbers, but to be sure they are getting a solid physical foundation,” he said.
“I grew up in a very large church, with about 1,500 people. I never really understood, for instance, about foot-washing.
“I thought that was a really weird thing. It’s not supposed to be a weird thing. It is a thing our Savior, Jesus, did, and we are supposed to follow His example; it is a lesson in humility.
“The Bible is seen sometimes as ‘this old thing,’ and we’re trying to teach them that the Bible is just as applicable today as it was when it was written,” he said.
“But it’s worth it to see some of those kids just really taking it in, and growing in that, and giving their lives to the Lord. To me, those are the most important things. When you focus on those things, the numbers come,” Smith said.
“I’ve heard the expression, ‘The church I grew up in was a mile wide and an inch deep.’ It was really big, but it really didn’t have a whole lot of depth to it. I’d rather it be a mile deep and an inch wide.
“I want those kids to really ‘get it,’ to be able to have an impact. Whether they get married or go to college or onto careers, they will really have that foundation,” he said.
Next Wednesday…
…will be Smith’s introduction to the Lenten Luncheons.
“I’ve never attended anything like that before, nor even heard of it, but I think it is a great thing,” he said.
“It is good the different churches come together for it, Our theme is ‘Unity,’ and we are doing that already.”