Partners in Ministry,
2019 has been a transformational year in Next Generation Ministries. Together, we have launched internship programs, summer camps, campus ministries and year-round IGNITE programming for youth groups. Through your leadership, thousands of students in middle school, high school, college and seminary have connected with God, grown in faith and leadership, and lead in their local churches and communities. Just two weeks ago on Giving Tuesday I saw of wave of new, generous investors in this next generation. The future is bright! Thank you!
Did you know that advent is actually the beginning of the church year? In this season of advent, of waiting and anticipation, we look forward to the Christ Child, who continues to draw near to us. In this season I am celebrating the progress we’ve made in 2019, and I look forward to what God has for our churches and communities to engage the next generation of disciples in 2020. I can’t wait for:
- First-ever IGNITE Communities Winter Retreat on January 10-11
- The Next Generation Ministry Summit, for people in ministry with children, youth and young adults on February 8
- More IGNITE Communities Regional Worship Nights on March 8 and May 3
- IGNITE Summer Camps 2020 and more.
We are seeing God move in new and exciting ways in our churches and communities. I thank you for being a part of God’s new movement. As we celebrate and look forward to a new year, would you share your enthusiasm and the good news? I would love for you to tell your friends, neighbors and ministry partners about the movement of God in next generations of disciples in your church and community. Truly exciting things are happening. In this season, I celebrate, pause with you and also anticipate God’s continued movement and breath as we lead on together.