For the next season, I’m going to be posting a recurring series: “That New Guy.” I hope to be able to get through 99 different things I learn as a new Student Pastor! These won’t be my only posts, but hopefully on a regular basis you’ll see a “That New Guy” post come along. I don’t know that the name will stick, but for now, it will! Before we go on in this relationship though, there are a few things you need to know about me!
My name is Austin Walker, and I am a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University, a liberal arts school regularly named one of the top colleges in the south, and nationwide. There I studied Biblical Studies and business, among other minors I ended up dropping (Greek and Speech Communications). All throughout my college career, I had the amazing opportunity to be a student ministry intern at Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock. If you’ve ever gone through the Men’s Fraternity curriculum, Robert was our lead teaching pastor for a LONG time, and is still influential in our community today! We’re a multi-campus church in Arkansas, and I had no idea how fortunate I was to land this position. For three and a half years, I was able to watch some of the “best of the best” when it comes to student ministry. I saw them minister. I saw them worship. I saw them disciple. I saw them lead their families. It was a huge blessing.
When the time came for graduation, one of our teaching pastors called me, and we started the conversation about me taking over the student ministry at one of our satellite campuses. Long story short, here I am! I’m in a great position. My campus is smaller than our main campus (we run about 500 people/weekend), our student ministry is smaller (500/week in LR vs. about 20-45 here), and as a result, I get to know all of the families much better. Even though there’s the small town feel, I still have the backing, wisdom, and help of the entirety of our church!
With this series of blog posts, I hope to accomplish a few things…
- To those who have been there before, I hope to give some laughs. “What a stupid kid.”
- To those who are here with me now, I hope to provide some support. “Yeah… I just did that last week.”
- To those who will go behind me, I hope to provide some warnings. “One time, I tried this… Don’t.”
So there you go! That’s the introduction! Coming soon, you’ll get a window into all of my failures and successes. Feedback is always welcome!