What’s Next?

Many people have been asking me what is next for me since I am finishing up college soon. I have one word to answer those questions…opportunities. God has been giving me so many opportunities in the past few months along with opportunities for the near future. I had the opportunity to preach my senior sermon in chapel at Piedmont Baptist College. Then my pastor asked me to preach that same sermon that evening in the Wednesday night service at Union Grove Baptist Church. A few weeks later I was privileged to speak at a Valentines banquet at Trinity Friends Church. All three of those opportunities were great experiences and was blessed to have the privilege to preach God’s Word. I’m praying and hoping the Lord will open up more doors for me to preach and minister in the months to come.

So, what’s next for me? Well the Lord has given me two great opportunities for the next year. I have to complete two internships before I can graduate and the Lord has given me the opportunity to have those each of those interns in two great churches. First, this summer I will be a youth ministry intern at Church of the Open Door in York, PA. I will be working under the youth pastor Brett Ayers and will be doing tons of different things. I’m excited about this opportunity because I know God has called me to be a youth pastor and this will be a great chance for me to serve under a great youth pastor and learn more about ministering to teens. I have never been to Pennsylvania so I’m excited to spend my summer in a new place at a great church. Secondly, I will be a pastoral intern at Weymouth Community Church in Medina, OH next fall. I will come home for a short time after spending my summer in PA and then will head to OH to spend the fall as a pastoral intern at Weymouth Community Church. I will be serving under the lead pastor Dan Jarvis and will be insisting him in pastoral duties and serving the church. This is my girlfriends home church so that is a plus, but I have had a chance to attend this church many times and I love the community and what God is doing there. This church is doing great things and pushing towards the future with the goal of being a bigger, better, and stronger church for God. I’m excited to get to spend my fall there and be a part of what God is doing.

So that is it. I will be completely done with my degree from Piedmont Baptist College next December after I complete these two interns. I will have earned my bachelors degree in Christian MInistries with a minor in student ministry and pastoral ministry. I am praying and preparing to work on my masters in the near future. I am still not totally sure what I want to earn my masters in, but I am leaning toward Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and Graduate School to earn a masters in christian leadership or discipleship ministries.

I would appreciate your prayers and support as I enter into the next year of internships and finishing up my time at Piedmont Baptist College. I am thankful and blessed to have the family, friends, church, and school that God has put around me, but above all I am thankful for Christ and God allowing me to serve Him!

Published by Austin McCann

Austin is the student ministries director at Redemption Chapel in Stow, OH. He has a BA from Piedmont International University and a Master of Arts in Religion with a Christian leadership focus from Liberty University School of Divinity. Austin enjoys reading, writing, playing basketball and golf, and spending time with his family.

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