Would You Hire a Convicted Felon to teach Kids? I did.
Meet my man… “Big Blue”
Well, his name is *******, his nickname in prison was “Blue”, but to me…He’s “Big Blue.” We hang at the gym togetherÂ sometimes, hence… “Big Blue.”
Assault &Â BatteryÂ with Intent to Kill a Police Officer
That was the charge that sent “Big Blue” to prison for ten years, at the age of 22. But…he met Jesus about the 5th year in, and nothing has been the same. He loves Jesus so much! “To him who is forgiven much, loves much.”
He got out just a little over a year ago. He came to our church because he was in love with Jesus, loved our middle school director (Also a convicted felon!), and loved the lost (Don’t know what order to put those in…think that’s pretty close.)
Seeing Kids Get Saved…Every week!
Since he got out… He married his fellow-felon, his “baby,” then began to help her with the middle school ministry and since has been hired on staff. Â Seriously…This dude is the real deal. He has a bullet hole in his right arm! When he talks to the middle schoolers, and they hear & see his story…man, he represents Jesus so well.
Recently, he went with me as I lead a track at the Exponential Conference in Orlando. I shared his story in one of Â “The Sticks” break-out sessions, and everyone loved the guy. A leader was there (someone I knew), told me afterwards, “Artie, it’s really sad to say this but…we wouldn’t even let that guy take up the offering at our church.”
Would you hire “Big Blue?”
Honestly, would you hire, or vote to hire a non-college grad, non seminary trained, convicted felon for your Middle School Ministry? Leave a Â comment…Tell me.