Why I serve – Nick Agnew

Around Crosspoint, our volunteers truly are at the heart of what we do.  Without our volunteers, God-glorifying, life-changing ministry just wouldn’t happen.  So why do our volunteers serve?  Why do they join Jesus in His invitation to be a part of a mission that is greater than themselves?

Here is one testimony from Nick Agnew who serves as a leader in HYPE

It’s been a couple weeks since Dave asked if I would be interested in sharing why I serve and in the back of my mind I was thinking about it but didn’t really have the words to put to paper yet.  I love spending time with students and other leaders but putting it on paper was seeming difficult.  On Thursday night I had offered to take my girls to see Toby Mac with Matt Maher in Bloomington on the premise that I knew it was a trip that they would love even though I wasn’t a huge fan of either artist.  This was a half unplugged type show that each was telling some stories and talking about the different places in their lives when each song was written or had the most meaning.

Throughout the night, the whole “why I serve statement came back into view.  Matt Maher played a song called the “Hold Us Together” and that’s what initially started my thought of how we originally ended up at Crosspoint and where we’ve come since then.  Matt spoke of going to church and speaking “christian-ese” and finally realizing that it was time for a change and you can change now and God will meet you right there as you turn your life around and go forward from there.  That hit home for me from a few years when Michelle and I were going to a church, going through the motions, and getting our punch card punched every Sunday without there being much the other six days of the week. We realized that a change needed to happen and that it may be a difficult change but knew that leaning into each other and honestly turning toward God was all the would make it work.  We are so thankful that Crosspoint was the place that we both felt was the church we were to be serving at and are thankful for the people we serve alongside of and have friendships with.   Following that Toby Mac spoke of the meaning of his song “Speak Life” and how any conversation you have with another person is going to be a positive conversation or a negative conversation and that there are no neutral conversations. This is something that has really struck me in thinking about how I perceive my main role at Hype.  We have an awesome role to be another person available to speak life and positive conversation into these students.  We spend just a few hours a week with these students and could possibly be the only positive interaction that some of the students may get during that week.   I look forward to each Wednesday night and Sunday morning just getting to spend a small window of time with students to be able to listen to them and hopefully be an encouragement.

Funny how a concert that you were going to because it was something your kids would enjoy can be used to put everything into perspective and clear up a topic that you’ve thought about for a few weeks but couldn’t put it into words to be written.

1 Corinthians 10:31 – So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Matt Maher:  Hold Us Together

Toby Mac:  Speak Life