Day 2: AGELESS Through Ripples
Student Ministry Network
Over 30 years ago, Larry Shackelford (“Shack”) began pouring his life and student ministry experience into others. Though he died at the early age of 40, his lasting impressions have rippled across decades like a rock skipping across water.
Mike Ricks was one of his disciples. Mike describes Shack as “a mentor, encourager, equipper and Christ-servant.” His impact helped Mike to lead students for 26 years at Briarwood Baptist Church in Athens where Larry had recommended him to serve. However, Mike was just one of many whom Shack coached while in student ministry at Beech Haven Baptist Church.
What began as the “Georgia Net” of mentoring other youth pastors has now grown to impact hundreds of student pastors across Georgia. Mike now leads this state-wide effort as a State Missionary with the Georgia Baptist Mission Board. He is pouring spiritual principles and practice into multiple lives who are, in turn, pouring into others creating a reciprocal ripple effect.
Tyler Garmany is one of Mike’s mentees. He serves as a student intern in the same Athens church where Mike gave his many years of service. This is a model for the 10 Network regions across Georgia impacting hundreds of leaders.
The Student Ministry Network is comprised of geographically dispersed clusters of student ministry leaders who meet regularly. Their purpose is to train, inspire, and impact one another under the umbrella of accountability.
Annually, in honor of a movement begun in the early 1980’s, students who reflect a true servant heart, are selected to receive the “Larry Shackelford Unsung Hero Award.”
Your gifts to the Mission Georgia Offering help train student pastors across the state to take the ageless Gospel to all ages – generation to generation.
- Mike Ricks as he leads the Student Ministry Network.
- Student pastors across Georgia to be effective in evangelism, discipleship, and missions.
- God to call more students into ministry.