As an 18-year-old I applied to be a part-time youth worker at our country church! I knew I’d get the job, I was a shoe-in for it! I had been helping run youth group for nine months already, and I didn’t have a job.

Steps up

Paul Clark is thankful for the generosity of the church elders who took a chance on him, allowing him to take his first steps into ministry. PICTURE: Jake Hills/Unsplash

What I didn’t know at the time was that my church elders were pretty nervous about an 18-year-old running youth group! But they took a chance on me anyway.

What I lacked in knowledge, I made up for in passion – and they made up for behind the scenes. It ended up being a great apprenticeship into this thing called "Ministry".

People have been amazingly generous to me. I’m trying to be generous to others.

Thanks a whole heap David and Margaret Baxter! Good times.

Paul Clark’s musings can be heard on radio across Australia and at atthetop.org.au.