I have worked with youth for several years, and have recently become a pastor of a small church. I continued to hold youth Bible study for these youth, but they are beginning to stray...not just from the group, but from the Lord. My heart really hurts and I don't know how to explain it. The church attendance as well has not increased...if anything it has decreased. I am discouraged and really, really hurting. My family knows how difficult this is for me, but I am struggling...do I step down from everything, or continue? I am not a self-centered person, but I feel like several people I've thought so much of and put so much trust in are being inconsiderate and take advantage of me because of the love I have for them. I don't know how to approach this and I'm not even sure if I want to continue to any relation with some people. Please pray for me, and pray for the youth that are straying, and that the Lord will send some encouragement. Pray for my church and church family. Pray that the
Lord will send me something to fill me with the joy and excitement of service. Pray that the excitement of serving the Lord will fill my church members and youth, regardless of whether I am there or not.