Hope at a glance:
Where were you born? Calgary, AB- not India
What Church are you at? North Pointe Community Church
How long have you been there? In the middle of my 5th year of being involved at this church. (Started my practicum here in my first week at Vanguard)
Q: What’s your favorite city to visit?
A: New York/ Vancouver/ LA/ Dubai- love the busyness, food, culture and everything! Basically any place that has loads of people and good food!
Q: Favorite Movie?
A: Don’t have one- I’ll watch anything that is interesting! But I only really watch shows occasionally and the Flames play!
Q: Favorite Youth Ministry moment?
A: All of them! -
One funny moment would probably be the Lion Head Story- Because that's how everything really got started. I used to ( Well, still do..) believe if you are going to do something: Go big or don’t do anything at all! It was my first Wednesday of doing 5/6 ministry without a lead Pastor there and I wanted to make sure the night was awesome for the kids. So instead of telling the story of Daniel and the Lion's den from a normal human perspective, I wanted to tell it from a lion's perspective. Now, there is a GIANT lionhead in the church! And it was this item that I chose to wear and tried to speak through. It was at the moment as I was stepping on stage on which there was a bunch of kids, leaders and the youth pastor- Pastor Jeremy all staring at me. I’ll admit I got quite nervous and on top of that the lion head was really warm and slightly suffocating. Consequently, I ran out of air and nearly fainted. I ended up taking off the head and running off the stage out doors for fresh air- it was super embarrassing!
Another thing is seeing transformation in kids lives when they see prayers answered and God making Himself known to them. To see kids excited about Jesus. A couple of weeks ago we saw a healing in a kid (neither she or her family had been previously associated with church). It was amazing to see her reaction, the excitement and the change that has become evident in her life! A few months ago she did not know much about God and now she is one of our student leaders!
One of my favorite moments- ACTUALLY the moment that keeps on happening- this occurs when I see so many of the high school youth within the youth group step forward as leaders in various capacities and absolutely kill at it! They are not only student leaders within the youth group but many also help run our 5/6 program on Wednesday nights! And they put in many hours to make everything happen: including large scale events, small groups, preaching, worship and so much more! They have even beaten me to the church in the early mornings (Showing up at 9am in the morning instead of 4pm to set up because they are so dedicated - and slightly crazy haha!) They inspire me on a weekly basis and it is my privilege to work alongside them! I love seeing the crazy things they come up with that I could never think of on my own!
Q: What’s your least favorite fast food joint?
A: Subway- Just seems really bland
Q: Any pet peeves?
A: Not as far as I know.
Q: What’s the biggest mistake you ever made in ministry? What’d you learn?
A: Oh, I am sure I have made many!
I gave raw squid to youth to use in their team video in a competition for retreat! The bad smell and the reality of raw squid was not the best thing to give out!
Trying to make everything epic- but in reality simplicity is okay as well (There are also fewer injuries). Five bags of ice used for five individuals after one game is NOT a good thing!
Q: What do you enjoy doing outside of youth pastoring?
A: Watching hockey- the Flames play
Spending time with friends
Spending time with the youth- yes I count that outside of youth pastoring haha
Trying new foods and every coffee place possible
Q: What’s the best event you’ve ever done with students?
A: My favorite has probably been intense versions of Amazing Race, Survivor or Mission Impossible (Around the World Edition)! But to be honest service nights often turn out to be the memorable especially when you can see God work and change lives drastically!
Q: What’s your biggest ministry struggle at the moment?
A: I am still working from a place of transition, therefore I would say it is making sure that Anthem Youth continues to build from the solid foundation that the previous Pastor implemented!
Q: If you could gather all the youth pastors in our province in a room, what would you want to say to them?
A: You make a bigger difference than you ever think! A kid coming to youth for only one time in his or her teen years - even if it does not bring immediate change - can be something that impacts their lives as an adult.
AND THE BIGGEST ONE that God has showed me this year: pray as much as you plan. In my opinion planning shapes the night but prayer transforms the night!
Q: Is there something that the youth pastors of the province can be praying towards for you?
A: Praying that I have wisdom, clarity, ideas and direction in this new position. And that I will always be following His calling.
Q: Where can people connect with you online?
A: Instagram: hopiee797
Facebook: Hope Thomas