As we close in on 2012, I wanted to share with parents a sort of "mid-ministry-year report".
First, let me say thank you for making my transition into the youth ministry so enjoyable and easy. I'm close to completing my ninth month on staff. The time has flown by and I've really enjoyed getting to know all of you and your teens. Thank you for all of your support for and patience with the new guy.
Back in October, I was able to speak with many of you at our five15 parents meeting and share a number of observations I had about our youth ministry. I enjoyed our Q&A dialogue and gained a lot from your feedback and input and was grateful for the time to talk with you. I raised a number of areas within the ministry that need attention, and I wanted to follow-up with you on a few of them and let you know some things to expect in 2012.
One of the goals of our youth ministry has been to build teens into the church. With that in mind, you can expect to see some young adults members of our church attending five15 meetings in 2012. These individuals represent a part of our church that has historically had little formal contact with teens. They have all expressed a desire to invest in our church's youth. Collectively, they have a variety of giftings, previous experience, and even formal training that could benefit the youth ministry. These individuals are known by the pastors and we are excited to explore with them and you how they may get involved with the youth ministry.
The addition of these individuals will also directly impact another area that our youth ministry needs to connect more to the church in: discipleship of young ladies. The ladies meeting we had in October was well-received, but there's so much more we can do. I don't know what that will look like yet, but I want to continue to pursue that this coming year with you.
And just so you know: parent-equipping, evangelism / outreach, and prayer are three areas previously mentioned that are still very present on my radar. I'm working with the Community Life pastors on opportunities for parent-equipping. I hope and pray that the upcoming mission of the church sermon series on Sundays will provide a spark that impacts the youth ministry. And I'm seeking to schedule a time to take youth to the Tuesday night evangelical prayer meetings held at the church.
I am really excited about what God is doing in our church and youth ministry. I'm anxious to see how it all plays out in 2012 and beyond.
I'd like to connect with parents on all of these topics, so we'll use time during our regularly-scheduled Saturday, January 28th five15 meeting to facilitate a parents meeting (more details to come). I'm looking forward to hearing your input and talking more with you at that meeting. Between now and then, please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you, again, for your support of the youth ministry and investment in it.
Wed, December 21, 2011
by Luke Middleton