Vantage Point: Christ's Ambassadors
By Ken Horn
Mar. 30, 2014
We are Christ’s Ambassadors;
And our colors we must unfurl.
We must wear a spotless robe,
Clean and righteous before the world.
We must show we’re cleansed from sin;
And that Jesus dwells within.
Proving duly that we’re truly
Christ’s Ambassadors ... Christ’s Ambassadors.
That’s the way we started every C.A. meeting I remember from my youth. Christ’s Ambassadors — C.A.’s — were youth groups of the Assemblies of God.
The Christ’s Ambassadors chorus, written by Verona Wagner, was taken from 2 Corinthians 5:20 (KJV): “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.” Being an ambassador for Christ meant being an active, unashamed witness for Jesus.
C.A.’s weren’t quite what you’d expect from a youth group today. The age range was a tad different — running inexplicably from 12 to 35. The meetings usually consisted of a mini-service, with a little juvenile fun thrown in, often a skit.
The first C.A. meetings I remember preceded Sunday evening worship, so the youth basically had a double service. Later, we moved to Wednesday, the ages were changed to become more exclusively youth, and we started doing things far differently — with more innovation. By the time I went to college our group was no longer called C.A.’s.
But once a C.A., always a C.A. Start that chorus anywhere around C.A. veterans, and they’ll finish it for you. Yes, maybe the chorus was routine, but we meant it. I can still feel the enthusiastic flush of knowing we were standing for Christ. And when the coda was added — one last enthusiastic burst of the words “Christ’s Ambassadors” — we would throw our hands up in praise.
You may be thinking, Ken’s just taking a walk down memory lane.
Ah, but it’s a great memory. God did so very much among those C.A.’s, extending far beyond our mini-services. We knocked on doors, handed out tracts, and ministered in all kinds of ways.
The Assemblies of God has always prioritized ministry to and by youth. No matter how different youth ministry looks today from the C.A.’s of yesteryear, it is wonderful to behold God’s work among our young people.
In this issue, we take a glance back at the world of youth ministry in the AG — Christ’s Ambassadors and beyond.
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