“This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change.”
As many of you are aware, the congregation voted to increase my job from half-time to three-quarter time at our annual meeting last June. A few have wondered what I will do with my additional time, and I wanted to share the changes that are occurring to my role.
I will continue to work closely with our youth programs, both the Youth Group and the 9th grade Coming of Age class. However, I will rely more on our youth leadership and adult volunteers to round out these programs. Their leadership and support, as in the past, will free me up to take on some new goals. Don’t worry, though. It is the intention of the Board and staff that Youth Ministry will remain a vital part of our congregational life.
Specifically, I will be working on the implementation team of our five-year Strategic Plan. I am currently working with staff and lay leaders to assess how we will unroll the Strategic Plan. What goals can we undertake this year and in the years to come? What infrastructure must we build to reach our goals? What teams need to be put in place? How are we doing? How are we communicating our successes to the congregation? The Implementation Team, however, will not be implementing the plan. Instead we will be working with the ministry teams to meet our goals, evaluate our process, and celebrate our victories.
In addition, I will be more present on Sunday mornings as preacher and liturgist. It means that I will split my time evenly between our Sunday morning and evening ministries. This will allow me to communicate our goals to and grow my relationships with the adults and children of the congregation who aren’t normally present on Sunday evenings.
Not that you will notice it, but it also means a change in my title. When I began my ministry in Summit in 2005, my title was Assistant Minister. Over the years my title changed to reflect my focus on ministry (Youth Minister in 2008; Assistant Minister for Youth in 2010 when Kim came on board). This year it will return to Assistant Minister. (Forgive me, but Assistant Minister for Youth and Strategy was simply too long.)
It is very exciting to be a part of this great initiative, and I’m looking forward to our work together.