Wednesday, September 14th, 2010
Dear readers of www.youthministrytestpilot.com:
With a thankful but heavy heart I announced my resignation from the position of Youth Pastor of Church by the Sea on Monday, August 30th. This was one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make in a long time. My students at Church by the Sea are incredible and so gifted and talented. They have made me a better youth worker, husband, and follower of Jesus. But at some point, they would have to say goodbye to me or I would have to say goodbye to them. Bottom line, there is just no easy way to say goodbye. I hate goodbyes, but it is a part of life. After much tears, contemplation, conversation, and wrestling, God has called me to a new youth ministry season.
I accepted a Senior XP3 Orange Specialist position in Atlanta, Georgia with a remarkable family ministry organization called Orange–a division of the reThink Group (http://whatisorange.org , www.orangeleaders.com, and XP3) . I am really honored and humbled because I have a lot to learn from the reThink Group. So this is one of the many reasons why we will be on a midnight train heading to Georgia from Laguna Beach, CA. We are packing all of our things and moving cross country.
I am really thrilled about this new youth ministry position. I deeply respect Reggie Joiner and the staff at Orange. They are sharp, practical, and passionate about reactivating the family. They are doing some great things for the families of the church. Some of my duties and responsibilities are:
– Participant of the Orange Social Media team
– Networking and connecting with student leaders
– Participate in the XP3 curriculum strategy
– Research and discover the best student ministry communicators and influences, along with the latest trends in student ministry.
– Conducting focus groups of student ministry leaders to share, gain insight, network and deep partnership relationships.
For my blog, I am going to be “orange-ifying” www.youthministrytestpilot.com. This means I will use www.reyouthpastor as a platform to experiment what I am encountering and researching within the youth ministry field as an Orange youth leader. I will still heavily rely on youth pastor engagement, interaction, and relationship. My blog is my testing ground for what is really happening in the youth ministry trenches.
So please be patient with me as I make a cross country and a youth ministry position transition. I would appreciate any prayers as we move 2200 miles away.
Grace & Peace,