Ever since September 11, 2001, Pastor Andy Pryor has approached his calling with a renewed sense of intentionality.
During his formative adolescent years, from sixth grade through his senior year of high school, Todd looked up to Andy
as his spiritual leader at First Christian Church of Glen Ellyn, Illinois
And as far as Andy
is concerned, the enviable qualities that lay beneath Todd's "Let's roll" enthusiasm and signature smile were primarily the result of his godly parents, David and Peggy.
"Todd's parents led extremely busy lives," Andy
All the same, Andy
recognizes that in the Lord's sovereign plan he
was privileged to be a source of influence in Todd's life by virtue of his
role as a local church pastor.
By showing up at Todd's activities outside church, Andy
made an investment in a life that paid dividends when Todd was in church.
Another key way Andy
can impact kids is in his
Sunday morning communication.In fact, he
preaching ministry, now at Northglenn Christian Church
in Denver, as the most influential factor.
"If I hope to have any direct influence on the young people, it will be through my preaching," Andy
says, expressing a fresh determination to think of those teenagers who will be in the congregation as he
is preparing his
message."I don't intentionally try to speak their language," he
"It's possible that my preaching didn't have all that much of a direct impact on Todd," Andy
acknowledges, "but I know my sermons were a source of inspiration and instruction for his folks.
In addition, Andy
has revised his
approach to prayer."As I think of my prayer list and the people I pray for," Andy
admits, "there were never any names of young people unless one of them had a particular need.Now I know that I need to be praying over the kids all the time.After all, the Lord is preparing them right now for what tomorrow will bring." Andy
, a father of two young adult sons himself, has always been committed to culturally relevant worship in the local church.But in light of Todd's death, he
sees the style of Sunday services as a factor in either positively or negatively influencing the next generation of church leaders.
"I don't believe we should offend the older generation in order to be relevant," Andy
is quick to qualify.