Why would someone leave a ministry he and his wife had been involved with for 12-13 years to lead a new ministry, and why would someone whose career keeps him extremely busy spend all the time it takes to be in charge of that new ministry? Aaron Herbert said he and his wife, Melissa, stepped away from involvement with the teen ministry to serve in the Word of Life Club at Trinity Baptist Church because they thought God was guiding them. Aaron also says if God is guiding a person he might “never know what kind of impact you’re going to make.”
“We were working with the teens for close to 12-13 years under (at that time Youth Pastor and current Senior Pastor) Mike Spann and various other youth leaders.”
He remembered that after Pastor Spann became the Senior Pastor he asked the Herberts to consider leading the new ministry for third to sixth graders and to pray for God’s guidance. He added Dave Fawcett, who had led the ministry for the young people that Word of Life would replace, AWANA, for many years was extremely busy and needed a break. Besides a ministry to local inmates in the Hancock County Jail, Fawcett was also involved in the bus ministry for the church.
In 2016 the Word of Life Club started at Trinity. Children in the club have a book with activities and a daily quiet time to study the Bible at home. They also sing a club song, a couple of other worship songs, and say the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag, and a pledge to the Christian Flag, the Bible, and their local church. They hear a Biblically based lesson, and their small group leader later discusses that with them. They also compete in a game, based on the previous week’s lesson, with the boys competing against the girls, and close the night with either a snack or game time, such as Dodge Ball, or some other game, or a snack and a game.
“It’s a tool for churches,” Herbert explained why he likes the Word of Life club. The local church has the authority to pick and choose” which parts of the program to implement. “We implement the pieces.”
He likes the chance for club members to become involved in a daily quiet time, reading the Bible, Christian service opportunities, and in memorizing Bible verses. He also likes the fact the program has simple Bible lessons that are easy for teachers, who may be very busy during the week, to prepare.
“We get kids from non-church backgrounds,” Herbert added (He said a number of children have made professions of faith in Christ as Savior over the years.) . “I’d say ten percent come from churches” (whose parents attend with their children on Sunday mornings, but the churches don’t have a club for children like Word of Life on Sunday evenings). Many children from Trinity attend.
As a leader, Herbert is involved in the planning and preparation for the club, including theme nights, such as Crazy Hat/Hair Night, and Mustache Night. He emails the supplemental lessons to those who will be teaching the Bible lessons to the children each month.
“I think it’s important to have solid relationships,” (with the children) Herbert explained. “I think it’s important to visit them outside of church.”
Herbert, who with Melissa has attended Trinity for 17 years, has learned the importance Christ can have in a person’s life. That is why he spends so much time involved in the club, event though his job as a Marathon Planning and Analysis Manager, involved with contract analysis, keeps him busy too.
“My father-in-law is the one who led me to the Lord,” Herbert added. He remembered Bible studies as an 18-year-old man, and being invited for a Bible study afterward.