Change is a part of life. I’m not sure that any of us really like change, but no one can escape from the idea that life is defined by change. Our church has changed over the years. Most recently with Pastor Cam resigning from his role as Youth Pastor and Worship Team leader, we are faced with some more changes. I believe these changes can and will be for the good of the church. I wanted to communicate with you a little about our direction.
Regarding our worship music, we have had a remarkable response of volunteers from our vocalists and instrumentalists in committing to taking our church forward with worship music. Katie Butters, in particular has volunteered to coordinate music ministry. This is a huge responsibility and we are so appreciative of her willingness to step into a very demanding role. Several others have volunteered to choose songs for a given Sunday. Others have offered to be the vocal leaders in our worship services. All in all, we have a good plan in place.
We are operating on two basic principles as we go: blended and sing-able. By blended, I mean that we want to worship God through songs from the past and the present and anywhere in-between. By sing-able, I mean our aim is to worship God together with songs as a body of believers. It is not our desire to have a team up front who performs for us so that we can see others worship God, instead we have a team up front who leads us into a place of authentic worship together.
Regarding student ministry, we are looking to put a strong emphasis into our Sunday morning Sunday school. Jake Torres has volunteered to take on teaching the middle and high school students. For the next year, he will be teaching an important course on gaining an overall insight into the big picture of the Bible (52 Major Stories of the Bible). For now, we are cutting back and will not hold a mid-week program for middle or high school students. We will however still plan special events periodically to encourage strong relationships.
One of the key ways we as a church can contribute to a vibrant youth ministry where youth are growing in their faith is to invest in their parents to be growing in their faith. Kids follow and do what they see their parents do. By encouraging more people to participate in Life Groups, we are encouraging parents to be growing in their faith. This, in turn, will contribute to a more complete youth ministry. In addition, we will provide times of training and togetherness directly for students. Beyond that, we will also look for ways to treat students as full participants in the body by inviting them to serve and participate just as anyone else would.
I anticipate that we will experience some bumps in the road, but I also believe we will absorb those together as a family of followers of Jesus. I also expect that this season ahead of us is one of incredible sweetness as we serve Jesus together.
Justin began serving as the pastor at Faith in February of 2013. He is passionate about people having the opportunity to hear the good news about eternal life through Jesus Christ.