Our year has got off to a great start with our Youth Leaders Retreat at Mangawhai Heads. Although our ‘to do’ lists are humongous at the start of the year, time spent with Jesus is never wasted. Mike Yaconelli, the co-founder of Youth Specialties said, “Youth ministry is not about you and teenagers; youth ministry is about you and Jesus”. In other words, the heart and soul of youth ministry begins in the heart and soul of youth leaders.
As we begin this year we are saying goodbye to our Young Adults Facilitator, Jeremy Harris. He is leaving to to finish his theology degree at Carey College. Jeremy has been an exceptional leader of the Grace Collective over the last 5 years; whether he’s building teams, finding speakers, consulting Vicars or having pastoral conversations; he is always building bridges and encouraging us to be open to God at work in our world.