“When Extreme Measures Are Necessary”

As many of you know, Mike Coleman has served as a volunteer youth leader here at YCOG for more than four years.  In January of this year, he joined our church ministry staff in a paid position with the official title of “Director of Youth Ministries.”  We are so grateful for his service here and for his love for God and God’s teens.  The ministry has grown under his leadership.

Mike recently resigned from this position and would like to continue serving as a volunteer.  We are now in the process of hiring a new person to serve on our ministry staff.

The elders have been praying about what this might look like and seeking God’s direction for our church.  In our conversations, we have recognized the necessity to add additional responsibilities to this position in an effort to reach the next generation.

If you’ve been in church the past few weeks, you have heard me share a Gallop Poll that states only 14% of millennials identify themselves as Christians.  At the ERC General Conference this year, your conference leaders shared a decline in church attendance, and the need to disciple young people.

For the past few weeks on Sunday mornings, we have been talking about change.  You have heard me mention “when extreme measures are necessary.”  The addition of responsibilities to this position is one way we can try to reach the next generation of youth and millennials.  The new job description includes planning, developing and leading a comprehensive Youth Ministry (including a Sunday school teaching plan, Wednesday night youth group teaching and activities, an annual summer missions trip, Youth Madness, community service projects and discipleship of teens).  It will include organizing events and gatherings which are designed for the spiritual development of young adults.

We would like to have more conversation with you about the direction we feel God is leading us as a church.  There will be a congregational meeting on Sunday, June 25 at 9:00 a.m.  Please plan to attend.


Pastor Stef






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