The New and Improved
Trip Start Aug 28, 2012
30Trip End Jun 06, 2013
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Before kicking off on January 20th, we had a few orders of business to get through. For example, we had a Core Recruitment and Training meeting for any church members who felt called to become a youth leader or anyone interested in learning more about the programme in general. We had nine new youth leaders join! Then, as a Core we also held a Parent/Core Meeting for all parents of teens at the church to meet the leaders and learn what Life Teen was all about. Although it was such a busy start, all the meetings, announcements, and handouts paid off.
So what was new this year?
I am excited to say that instead of meeting in a small room on Sunday morning after 8 a.m
Sure enough, it all has been going so much more smoothly this year. We have had so many teens come back and so many new teens join us. It is such a pleasure to see them enjoying themselves and building relationships with one-another and their youth leaders.
Life Teen has really became a supportive community not only for the the teens, but it has brought so many young adults who are serving as Core Members together as well
This year, I have really grown close to the young adults. We really have many devoted and lively Core Members who are there to get to know the teens, lead them in small groups, and get to know them on a personal level. They come on Thursdays and split up into different committees: Social (one per month), Volunteer (one per month), Praise & Worship, a Core Team Prayer Team and so on.
It has been an incredible year with some exciting changes!
Photos in this blog are from:
A Core Team training trip in Cape Town (February 21st- February 25th). Eight of us were able to make the eight-hour trip to Cape Town to experience one of the most informational and inspiring conferences ever
It was so wonderful to see the core members moved by their own experiences at this training. It was also such a great experience for all of us to bond together in our down time as we cooked and lived together for a few days in a rented home in Pinelands. We also were able to explore the waterfront for a few hours one evening.
All in all, God has big plans for Youth Ministry in South Africa. It was basically non-existant for many years; however, slowly but surely more churches are realizing the great need for youth ministry.