1 Timothy 4:12 "Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity."
This past year has been a year of discovery. We've discovered the importance of discipleship in small groups. We've discovered the value of student leadership. Teens have discovered their spiritual gifts and talents. When we hold high the charge to Timothy from Paul to let no one look down on us for our age we begin to see past age and into each student's core. At each of our student's core is their faith, or what they believe to be true about God, people, and the world around them. Many of our students have discovered what they believe and are now acting on it and defending it to those around them.
We've had several ministry wins this year and we are constantly looking back and celebrating God for those things. Our wins include our attendance reaching 26 students on a single night, our turnout for the Daddy Daughter Date Night with 65 dads and daughters sharing an awesome night together. This summer has been one big win with the addition of three students to our student leadership team. Our students planned everything this summer from the message and the worship, to the food and games. Lastly we took eight students to the Bridge Community Center in Johnson City, NY to help lead a summer day camp for sixty inner city kids.
Areas of Growth:
Although we had several wins we still have areas we would like to grow in. We are still in need of more volunteers especially to be small group leaders. We can always use more help in this area, we continue to get more students than we can handle, which is a good problem but still a problem. We would like to see 4 more leaders by next year. Another area we still need to grow in is our middle school ministry. We have dedicated leaders for our high school students but we are in need of a couple more leaders to work with 6-8th grade students. We would like to have 2 more leaders to work with middle school students by next year. Lastly, we have many students that come out for our weekly programming that are not involved in Sunday morning services. We would love to see 10 more students in church on Sunday mornings and for our church to be a place where students feel welcome and comfortable.
Thank you for your prayers and please continue to pray for us in the next year.
Pastor Levi Owens