Sunday, January 6, 2008

we've made it official

Don and I announced today, to the leaders of our church, that we are stepping down as youth directors, effective June 1st. It's actually a little more than that. We are resigning from youth ministry all together. We don't want anyone to think that we're dissatisfied at our current church and would be looking to do ministry elsewhere. We are ending our days as official youth workers.

There are several reasons we have made this decision and now. The timing seems right. We have been thinking and praying about this since September and we feel at peace about our decision.

We still have a heart for teens. We still love hanging out with them. We still are willing to walk along side a teen in his or her own personal journey or being there for them in a time of need. We are truly going to miss being a part of a ministry that gives us the opportunity to be a part of a teen's life.

And as much as we are going to miss so much of what doing youth ministry means to us, we are excited to think that God has something new in store for us and that He will reveal that to us when He's ready and He knows we're ready.

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link of the day:
http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/premier/

13 comments:

Jamey said...

It sounds like you have given this a lot of thought and it is the right thing for you. I bet your church will miss having you in that position, you sound like you are so good at relating to teens! Good luck in your next adventure whatever that may be!

Dana a/k/a Sunshine said...

I am sure your church WILL miss you, but you have to do what God wants you to do. I'm sure he has something super planned for you guys :)

Amber said...

When a door closes, a window always opens....

You WILL have a wonderful impact, no matter what your path!

Barb said...

Nicely stated. You have helped so many young teens and still will probably, just in different circumstances. I'm excited to see what your next ministry looks like!

Steve said...

You guys have certainly lasted a lot longer than most youth workers. You and Don should feel very good about your years of youth work.

Short Stop said...

I am sure each one of those teens will miss you and Don. You have been such faithful servants.

It will be exciting to see what God has in store for you next!

Just Mom said...

YAY!

I was the same way when I heard God's call to become an at-home mom. I didn't quit my reporting job at the paper because I didn't like it. I quit because I felt there was something else God wanted me to do.

I still get called to help out at the paper sometimes. I'm sure you and your hubby will get called to help out too.

Congratulations.

Heidi Jo said...

off topic, but want to point out...I LOVE YOUR HEADER!

okay, i'm sure that this decision was a difficult one to make even with a lot of prayer and direction from God. we worked with the youth minstry before we moved, and now it just doesn't work for us to do it together...and it's not the same.

youth are awesome...so i am sure you'll miss them as much as they miss you.

Melissa said...

I think that it's wonderful that you are following the impressions that you have gotten. I know that you will be led in another great path! I'm sure the youth will miss you :)

SharonB said...

About four years ago I felt God calling me to something else. At the time I was working with youth-mainly Sr high girls. I love it, I loved them and yet...God was calling.
God called me to Women's Ministry and now we are starting a mentoring program which I hope will include the Sr high girls. Of course most of the one I worked with are gone...but I still have a passion and heart for those girls!

God bless dear one....God will do great and mighty things...

Penless Thoughts said...

I love you quote above. So true. It will be exciting to see what God has in store for you guys and opens up!!!
Susan

MightyMom said...

big changes all around!

good luck!

youth ministry is hard and easy to burn out, can't wait to see what's on your horizon.

Mary@notbefore7 said...

I am sure that was a tough decision, but God will surely lead you where he wants you to go.