By Keith Lee, Associate Pastor
After the last youth ski trip, one of the parishioners asked how it went. I replied, “since no one was hurt, it was a great success.” I added for next year, we might just do a day trip to a local ski resort. I explained we only ski a day and a half, and it does not seem to be worth all the work to plan and organize. Sometimes the number of participants do not meet our expectations. And besides, we get just about the same time of skiing without all that fuss if we went to a local resort an hour and a half away.” In response, she said, “Keith it’s not about skiing. It’s really about all the relationships that form through it.” Why did she have to say that?!
So we’ll go again next year because at the end of the day, ministry is about relationships. How can we get closer to God (or how do we realize that God is with us all the time)? Or, how can we engage in fellowship? (the most overused and perhaps the most watered down theological term in all of Christianity. But it’s still important because it’s about relationships.) And how can we take these relationships to become a vital church so that we can be agents of transformation in the world? These are the questions that I ask myself all the time because ministry … or life, for that matter, is really about relationships.
This year we tweaked the format for youth ministry. On the first Sunday of the month, David Case will teach self-defense moves to give us more opportunities to be active and safe. On the second Sunday, my friend Ezra will come to lead us in praise and worship. On the third Sundays Catherine Wethington, Jenn Robeson, and Nila Curry will shepherd the young ladies of our youth group. For the fourth Sunday, Andy Gilmer, Jake Wilbur and I will lead the young men for a night of relevant discussion. The aim is to form relationships and strengthen them in Christ. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we will keep adjusting and experimenting to improve our youth ministry so that it helps them to form godly relationships with mentors and each other.