NEW Youth Immersion Ministry Co-Directors:
Jessica Kim and Rev. Michelle Harris-Gloyer
The PSWR Youth Ministry is excited to announce that Jessica Kim (Claremont) and Rev. Michelle Harris-Gloyer (Orange) have agreed to serve as the Youth Immersion Ministry’s Co-Directors. As Co-Directors, Jess and Michelle will oversee all of the programming and organizational components of this important regional ministry. They will be supported by a strong adult volunteer leadership to provide a high quality, anti-racism/pro-reconciliation training program for all youth participants. Their commitment to serve as co-directors allows for our regional youth ministry to expand organizationally and re-engage membership investment in regional ministries. THANK YOU, Jess and Michelle. We look forward to all that God will do in and through you as you help to lead YIM to a new level of service.
What is so unique about Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the PSWR?
Recently I was in conversation with one of our General Church leaders who caught me a bit off guard by saying, “The PSWR Youth and Young Adult Ministry is being watched by the larger church. You all are really doing amazing things.” How exciting and scary all at once. This conversation got me thinking about what it is that people might not see about the PSWR Youth and Young Adult Ministry by observing as a spectator. Continue Reading
Youth Leadership Team (YLT)
A regional leadership training ministry that prepares young leaders for lifelong service by engaging their gifts and passions to support regional camp ministries. High School youth from around the PSWR are recruited through a broad application and interview process. The size of this ministry varies depending on the need and interest, but normally between 16 and 21 youth are chosen each year. Focusing on five areas of spiritual formation (Hospitality, Mentorship, Local Service, Global Mission, and Disciples Identity), these young leaders participate in leadership for our High School Winter and Summer Camps, as well as, serve as Counselors in Training for our younger aged camps (optional). Additionally, each year YLT participants are encouraged to visit regional congregations to share information about the ministry and recruit new members. We pray that God will use this ministry to prepare leaders who have deep roots in service in the local, regional, and national expressions of the Church in a way that empowers their passion for camp ministry and Christian service wherever God leads them. (Total monthly commitment: 15-20 hours including one week-long summer camp each year)
Adult leaders for YLT are invited each year to chaperone events, mentor youth, and plan programming for youth participants. All adult leaders are expected to engage in camp leadership at at least one older aged youth camp each year. Additionally, adult leaders commit to anti-racism training as well as consent to a background check to ensure the safety of all minors involved. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a YLT Adult leader, please contact Rev. B. J. Barlow – Associate Regional Minister – firstname.lastname@example.org. (Total monthly commitment: 20-30 hours including one week-long summer camp each year)
Youth Immersion Ministry (YIM)
A regional anti-racism/pro-reconciliation initiative that prepares young leaders to do ministry in cross-cultural contexts. High School youth who are recommended by their pastors are interviewed and selected based on their passion and interest in promoting justice for all people. The ministry is designed to engage 16 youth selected from among the North American/Pacific Asian Disciples constituency, Hispanic Convencion constituency, African American Convocation constituency, and Anglo/European communities of faith in cultural experiences from all over the world. Focusing on five areas of spiritual formation (Hospitality, Mentorship, Local Service, Global Mission, and Disciples Identity), these young leaders participate in one significant immersion experience per year, difficult conversations regarding race and culture, service projects in local settings, and advocacy on behalf of those whose voices go unheard. We pray that God will use this ministry to prepare leaders who have broad world-views, sensitive but bold voices for justice, and strong foundations in our Christian tradition. If you or someone you know might serve well as a YIM participant, you are encouraged to speak with your church pastor about how to be considered for recommendation. (Total monthly commitment: 15-20 hours including an immersion trip each year)
Adult leaders for YIM are invited each year to chaperone events, mentor youth, and plan programming for youth participants. Ideally the adult leadership is comprised of one male and one female from each of the constituent ministries listed above. All regional adult leaders commit to anti-racism training as well as consent to a background check to ensure the safety of all minors involved. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a YIM Adult leader, please contact Rev. B. J. Barlow – Associate Regional Minister - email@example.com. (Total monthly commitment: 20-30 hours including an immersion trip each year)
INVITE YLT OR YIM TO YOUR CHURCH ON SUNDAY!
Are you interested in hosting a YLT or YIM Sunday at your church? We are anxious for the opportunity to come share the good work being done at camp and the amazing opportunities experienced in reconciliation ministries for high school students in the PSWR. Our YLT or YIM have experience presenting in worship and can offer a 15 minute message or program during Sunday School/Coffee hour. Whatever works for your church, we welcome the opportunity to partner with you, and to spread the good news of what God is doing in and through our young people in the PSWR. To schedule a Sunday, contact the regional office at 626-296-0385.