This past year I have had the joy and privilege to serve as President of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s Youth Ministry Network. The CBFYMN’s goal is to “Encourage, Support, and Challenge” youth ministers across the country as they serve youth and their families. I joined this network over 10 years ago and have served on their Executive Board in various capacities for four years now.
One of the ways our network helps youth ministers and the churches they serve is resourcing. We help youth ministers find curriculum, retreat themes, templates for administration and policies, and so much more that can help them be successful in their leadership. We offer Youth Ministry Audits that help churches who are in an interim period reflect on and assess their program, discern future needs, and even help them search for youth minister candidates. We coordinate regional gatherings so youth ministers can meet other youth ministers in their area. We also offer a retreat FOR Youth Ministers called Oasis. This is a 4-day long retreat in Black Mountain, NC where our entire network gathers to rest, hear best practices from others in our calling, have fun together, and conduct annual business.
This year, as President, I have overseen many of these opportunities, as well as spoken at CBF’s General Assembly in Birmingham, Alabama. We are currently wrapping up our year, electing next year’s officers, and looking toward Oasis 2020.
I believe it is important, as a minister, to be engaged not only in the life of the local church, but in broader denominational life. I want to thank you all, the congregation, for giving me the freedom and encouraging me to be involved outside the walls of the church. Because of that, I have been able to carry the banner of Providence Baptist Church with me as I travel locally, nationally, and globally, serving and leading with others that are passionately called to Youth Ministry.