What is a Developmental Youth Ministry Specialist? Besides being a mouthful, this position is both unique and temporary: unique because no other position at ERUUF claims “specialist” (though every paid staff position here requires a degree of specialist skills), and temporary because the “developmental” part should be finite and complete by this summer. In order for this ministry to be sustainable and fulfill the mission of transforming young lives, we need to establish a few basic building blocks.
Why was I hired as the Developmental Youth Ministry Specialist? I believe there was literally an “aha” moment during my interview when Deb, Julia, and I all realized that there was some formational work that needed to be done for youth programming that was more urgent than ministerial work at this moment in time. As an educational leader, I bring the skill set of understanding, facilitating, and directing a necessary cultural shift in the program to bridge the perceived gap between the “grown up” sanctuary and the CARE building. I accepted the position because I, too, share your hopeful vision of ERUUF transforming lives. So, I hit the ground running, taking direction from Julia about where to dig and what to research. We put together a fabulous Youth Ministry Team of dedicated members including two youth from the High School Youth Group. Together, we are planning a Visioning Session for the afternoon of February 17 after services to hear from all of you – the wonderful members and friends of ERUUF who support the Youth Ministry with your time, good wishes, sharing of space, and of course, financial gifts. Youth ministry has the potential to grow ERUUF’s community and add to its vibrancy and effectiveness as a place of spiritual growth and justice building. What are your ideas to make this real? Ensuring that Youth Ministry is the interconnected part of ERUUF that it should be, will take all of us.
Please join us on February 17th after the service to be part of this transformational process with the Youth Ministry at ERUUF.