God has reminded me yet again of what really matters in ministry. I often get caught up in the programs of ministry, I lose sight of the people. It’s a constant, tragic flaw of mine. But I was reminded this week at our youth worship service, the Peak, about why I do what I do.

One kid was sitting off by himself. I didn’t have time to go talk to him – I honestly did not have the time. But I made it. I showed in an ounce of attention and he started sharing his life story with me – family struggles, school situations, spiritual stuff – just because I took the time to listen.

Those are the moments that really matter in ministry. But when I don’t have time for them, I am NOT doing ministry.

Travis Agnew is married to Amanda and the father of two sons and one daughter. He serves as the Senior Pastor of Rocky Creek Baptist Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is What God Has Joined Together.