My First Year
Well, it’s officially been a year since my wife, Britni, and I packed up all our stuff in Ontario and headed out here to Tsawwassen. It’s crazy to think it has already been a year. It has gone by so quickly. So much has happened this year that it would take much longer than this blog to say it all, but I’ll try my best to give you a glimpse into what God is doing.
One of the greatest blessings of the past year has been working with the staff and volunteers at SDBC. The staff truly loves serving this community and wants to see Christ known in South Delta. But that mentality doesn’t stop with the staff. I’ve seen it in action in our church family, specifically with those who volunteer in youth and young adult ministries. I am privileged to have stepped into my role here at SDBC with a dedicated leadership team for our youth and young adult ministries already in place. Every week we have a group of leaders who come and are excited to be involved in what God is doing through these ministries. He is doing great things.
Our preteen program is seeing incredible community engagement, with students coming out and engaging with the games, the teaching, and their leaders. Many of these students and their families don’t attend SDBC but have heard about the program through kids talking about it at school. We’re continuing to teach explicitly what it means to be a Christian in our culture and praying for God to work through myself and the leadership team.
Students in our youth program are growing as a community as we’re seeing a consistent group of students out each week. Relationships are being built between leaders and students that is allowing open conversation during small group discussion times. I’m looking forward to what is ahead for the youth ministry this year. The focus moving forward is to build a gospel-centred community and build intentional discipleship relationships between students and leaders. This is all for the purpose of equipping teens to reach the youth of South Delta.
This past September, we changed things up a little for the young adults, and launched Reach, our new young adults program. We’ve seen almost a dozen young adults enter into mentoring relationships with members of SDBC. Throughout the fall, there was a growing desire to continue to have a young adult community group in addition to Reach, but with a missional focus. So, a few young adults stepped up to lead a group and work through the Alpha program. Through Reach and the community group, we’re seeing young adults challenged to step out in faith and reach the young adults of South Delta.
There’s a lot to be thankful for in this past year. I’m looking forward to seeing these ministries continue to impact students and young adults in the coming years. I ask for your prayers for myself, and the leadership teams for these ministries, as we continue to seek God’s direction.