Get to know: Charles Washington

  1. Where do you serve and what is your role?

    I serve at the Texas Baptist Children's Home as the minister of youth and recreation.
  2. Most influential book you've read in the past two years?

    No More Excuses
    by Tony Evans
  3. What I love most about youth ministry is . . .

    Building relationships with youth. I love the aspect of community building because it creates deep and lasting bonds. Despite the brokenness in the world, the kids I work with are great to be around, and as they come and go, the memories I make with them are life long, and will never leave.
  4. If I could see anyone in concert it would be . . .

    Stevie Wonder
  5. If I could go anywhere on vacation it would be to . . . (and why you would go there)

    I would go somewhere in Africa because I think it would be a wonderful experience to visit and see the beauty of the landscape and meet the people there.
  6. One thing that about me that surprises most people is . . .

    I enjoy cooking!
  7. Tell us about your call to ministry.

    I had run from my call to ministry from an early age. My dad, and grandfather were in ministry, and I wanted nothing to do with it. After avoiding my call for many years, I came to a point in my life where I was broken and hurting, so I cried out to God and asked what the purpose was for all I had gone through. That night, I accepted my call with the realization that I would trust God to use me to help others with the same hurts and struggles I went through.
  8. What is one of your spiritual gifts and how does it impact your ministry?

    I think a gift I have in ministry is patience. I think it definitely helps when working with youth (and parents) to have patience. I think it impacts my ministry because it helps to minimize some of the stress that can come with being impatient.
  9. Where is the best place to eat in your city?

    I would say Torchy's Tacos!
  10. If someone gave you $1,000 for your youth ministry, what would you do with it?

    I would design/decorate a room for our youth to have our Wednesday night groups. I think the atmosphere for worship/bible study plays a big part in the impact the gospel can have on reaching youth. I think if the environment is centered around them then they feel more a part of the spiritual programming, which can open doors for the gospel to take root.
  11. If someone gave you $1,000 what would you do with it?

    I would take my wife on a weekend getaway, and also buy some tickets to the Texas OU football game!
  12. Top 3 hobbies you have (or things you enjoy in your free time)

    Sports! (playing/watching), reading, being outdoors.
  13. Favorite passage of Scripture and why?

    Romans 8:37-39 is my favorite passage of scripture because for me one thing that was hard for me to believe was that God could love someone like me. For so long I thought the things that happened in my life or the things I did would cancel the love God had for me. But this scripture is a great reminder for me that God's love for me transcends my life, my mistakes, or anything else in creation. It's so great to know that God's love for me is a constant in my life!
  14. If you could spend a day with any historical figure (not in the Bible) who would it be?

    I would spend time with Dr. Martin Luther King. Besides his humanitarian and civil rights efforts I am fascinated by his use of words in speaking and preaching, and I think it would be awesome to learn about how he uses words so powerfully.
  15. If you could spend a day with anyone alive today who would it be?

    I would spend a day with the president. I think it would be awesome to sit and talk with him. Not many people are able to do that, so it would be a great experience.
  16. What is your favorite thing about Conclave?

    My favorite thing about Conclave is all the information I able to acquire. I have so much I want to learn about ministry to be the best I can be, and Conclave has taught me a lot about many different aspects ministry.
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