Note from Brian 2020-07-20

I wanted to take a moment to update you on how things are going within the youth ministry. Like most things, Covid-19 has turned our world upside down. We have had to clear our summer calendar as a precaution. Personally I am grieving the time lost from being with students and walking alongside them. As a result of all of this myself and the ministry team have been learning to do things differently, relying more on personal outreach rather than a program.
 
The stay home order has revealed a lot about my faith and my ability to disciple. I’ve been shown areas I need to grow and learn in order to be a more effective leader. While these restrictions make things difficult, this shutdown is resulting in a lot of great conversations about how youth ministry can be done. I am not sure what the next few months will look like in terms of activity but I am excited for the ways I am learning to more effectively disciple our youth. These conversations and research revolve around how we can become better equippers. I’ve been exploring a model that helps youth to teach and lead each other, and it brings me a lot of hope for how it can serve our church.
 
As these conversations are ongoing we are working on getting some outdoor get togethers planned. Things like bonfires that help us connect but allow for wisdom with social distancing. Please join me in continuing to pray for our youth.

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