Thursday, April 14, 2005

moving from across the road

The youth pastor at Opawa resigned the week I arrived. It gave me heaps of extra work and stress in a really tough settling period. It also opened up some space to make some changes – to move to a team approach to leadership, to develop uniquely the evening service as Digestion: more interactive, tactile, participatory, to employ a person to empower existing leadership rather than a paid professional.

The result: These are notes from recent youth leadership meeting (I wasn’t there), attended by Mike, the regional Youth consultant.

Mike asked how our relationship with church is, realizing there definitely used to be a road in-between, very separate, “them” and “us” and completely different styles. We realized things have changed a lot and the church is more accepting of the youth … Mike couldn’t believe the change. Feels like we have been replanted in the church community, uprooted and taken to the other side of the road.

I find this fascinating, that my attempts to develop unique identities with multiple services seem to be make people feel more included.

Posted by steve at 11:25 AM

1 Comment

  1. congrats Steve. Some good stuff moving here!

    Comment by phil — April 14, 2005 @ 2:25 pm

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