Future Youth Ministry Plans

The transition to Emmaus Christian Fellowship has involved some major changes for the members of our congregation and this has included students in our Youth Ministry. After leaving BFC we have since been meeting as the Jr. High group on Tuesday nights at the Zerebny household from 7-8:30pm and as a the Sr. High group at the Vanderschuit household on Wednesday nights from 7-8:30pm. It has been encouraging to see the commitment and flexibility of our students as we have learned to adjust to Youth outside, without projectors for worship through music, and sometimes sitting on the grass.  However, as time has progressed we have realized that there are still changes that need to be made.

Starting Tuesday, July 19th both the Jr. High and Senior High Youth Ministries will be combining to meet on Tuesday nights at the Zerebny’s house from 7-8:30pm. One of the primary reasons for this switch is due to the fact that I will be leaving in the fall to start school at BIOLA University.

For the last two years I have been blessed to have the opportunity to work in Youth Ministry while attending MSJC, but the time has come for me to transfer to a four year university in order to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies.  The university that I have chosen is BIOLA, located in La Mirada (1.5 hours outside of Hemet). As a result it would be difficult for me to serve as the Sr. High Director of Youth Ministry and perform well in school. So, starting in August I will no longer be in a leadership position with the Youth Ministry at Emmaus. Phil Anady will serve as the Director of Youth Ministry and oversee both Jr. and Sr. High on Tuesday nights. My goal is to stay in contact as much as possible while at school, attempting to come back to visit students on Tuesday or Sunday night at least once a month, as well as communicate with them through facebook and other medias. It is my hope to return to working in the Youth Ministry should my schedule in the future allow it.

This has not been an easy decision to make. I have enjoyed each moment with these students and I have been blessed to see many of them grow in their walk with Jesus Christ. I consider it a great blessing to be a part of the work that God has done in their lives. However, I am comforted in the fact that I know they are in good hands. Phil is an excellent teacher and a compassionate leader. I know that God will use Phil to continue the work that He has started in these students lives. I look forward to seeing and hearing what God is doing with the Youth Ministry at Emmaus Christian Fellowship in the years to come.

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