Youth Ministry The Journey to Grow

Though the first years of youth ministry are often filled with great joy, learning and personal formation, they can also be overwhelming, discouraging and isolating. Journey aims to support and encourage emerging leaders through this new phase in a gospel-centred and prayer-saturated environment. The Journey Program does this by growing Leaders of Youth Ministries in WA churches, partnering them with a mentor over a 12-month period. During that time, they have the opportunity to focus on areas of youth ministry where they feel a particular need for growth.

2019 is our pilot year for the program and we currently have three young youth-ministry leaders involved. Each leader has identified key areas they would like to work on and a program specific to their ministry context has been developed. Over the course of the first six months of the program, an SU mentor has met with each leader every 2-3 weeks checking in on the ministry life of the leader, encouraging them, praying with them and following up on previous tasks and goals that had been set. The program continues to develop and improve, and the leaders involved have made steady and consistent growth, have been supported through challenges, and are learning to lead in fresh ways.

Caleb Simmons