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Westminster is searching for its next Minister to Youth and their families.
This is a full-time position with supervisory responsibility for a part-time High School director and a Middle School director. The youth ministry at Westminster is vibrant. Ministry Architects just came through and gave us glowing reviews. The ministry is already really working. It doesn’t need fixing; it just needs leadership.
We have a good and long history of youth ministry at Westminster. We’ve got about one hundred youth involved in the program and a number of highly dedicated lay leaders at the heart of it. We have regularly participated in the Montreat Youth Conference, and that helps define the ethos of our ministry: real, deep, authentic, life-giving and empowering.
You would be joining a cohesive and integrated staff—Minister for Educator, Minister for Music and Head of Staff all deeply committed to youth ministry. It’s a great position in a thriving congregation. Join us.
For more information, or to apply, please contact Joel Schultze, chair of the Youth Minister Search Committee. You can also learn more about the Youth Minister Search Committee in the April issue of Chimes, our congregational magazine.
Now through March 9, our middle and high school youth are selling pie kits from Grand Traverse Pie for $15; each kit includes one apple, cherry, and blueberry pie. To purchase a pie kit, contact any youth group member. Pies will be delivered on March 30.
This fundraiser will benefit the Westminster youth ministry summer trips to South Manitou Island and the Montreat Youth Conference. For further information, contact Shelly Boeve, youth ministry coordinator, at email@example.com.
The 7th annual • Primo Pasta Dinner • Sunday, January 26
Dinner and Entertainment from 5:30-7:30p
Westminster Presbyterian Church Dining Room
Suggested donation: $15 per person or $50 per family
Join us and support our high school Montreat trip and Kirk Singers tour. If you can’t make the dinner, pledges and donations are welcome as well.
RSVP by January 21 to Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 616-456-1456.
Our goal is to raise $5,000. Please contact Shelly Boeve at email@example.com or 616-481-7475 with any questions.
The December issue of Chimes is now available. In this month’s issue:
- How and why we worship
- Our music program
- Resources for Advent
- Youth ministry assessment
- Christmas Joy offering
- Core mission updates
Ministry Architects, a church consulting group, recently concluded a three-day assessment of Westminster’s youth ministry. The group presented the church with a 26-page report about the ministry, its strengths, and its needs.
For the most part, Ministry Architects feels “the youth ministry at WPC is doing extremely well.” In fact, Sara Bailey, the consultant on-site, described our church as “great.” Bailey continued by saying “Unlike the title of Collin’s book, Good to Great, in which he speaks of companies moving from being ‘good’ companies to being ‘great’ companies, the youth ministry at Westminster is already at ‘great.’ The church is ready to make a leap from a great youth ministry to a top-notch youth ministry.” In a time of transition, this is music to our ears!
So what makes Westminster’s youth program great? Some of the current strengths listed in the report are: The exceptional youth at WPC, very dedicated volunteers, consistent and established programming, youth choirs, and the collaborative staff. Given the much beloved youth ministers recently left the staff, the overall climate surrounding our youth ministry is quite positive.
How do we become a “top-notch” youth ministry? According to Ministry Architects, we work through the obstacles sited in the report collaboratively to strategically move the youth ministry forward. Some of those obstacles include: understanding the challenges most youth ministries face, missing framework in the infrastructure of the youth ministry, long term goals to lead us forward, clarification of roles with the new staffing structure, unrealistic expectations for our new youth minister, and the physical youth space.
Where do we go from here? Ministry Architects concluded their visit with very detailed recommendations and an outline on how to strategically implement their recommendations. We will continue to pray and process all the information presented. In the meantime we continue along our path, the right path, which is all “great” stuff!