June 1 brought a new day, an exciting day. It was the first permanent step toward Gayton Youth Ministry 2.0, an effort to broaden the reach of youth ministry @ GBC. I’m not “interim” anymore, and I’m not the only youth pastor on staff anymore. John Mark is now on staff as Associate Pastor of Students with the 8th-12th graders, and I get to focus on 6th-7th graders.
Over the coming months, we’ll be implementing Gayton Youth 2.0, a move toward an intentionally relational ministry with youth. We’ll start a small group ministry in the fall and move through this new model of youth ministry at Gayton. As we work on this, I’ll blog about the highs, the lows, the trials and the tribulations. JM talked to someone who said this relational-style ministry is rare, if not non-existent. Whether it is or not, it is certainly not prevalent in our friends’ churches, so our hope is to share what we learn along the way.