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Looking Ahead to 2013

10 Jan Spiritual Formation, Student Ministry | Comments Off on Looking Ahead to 2013
Looking Ahead to 2013

I can remember back to over a year ago when we first started this blog as part of Project Renovation’s redesigned and expanded website. As a team, we desired to find a way to help local youth workers stay connected and encouraged throughout the year, not just from time to time at one of our events or retreats.

Dreaming Big

The vision was ambitious – a bi-weekly blog that offered everyone some encouragement and some resources. We hoped to encourage youth pastors on Monday mornings after a busy weekend of ministry with a thought, reflection, or question that would cause them to stop, take a breath, and check in with their own soul before they jumped back into another week of church work. On Thursdays, when the week was starting to wind down, we wanted to offer you a quick ministry tip, idea, or resource – something to get the creative juices going again.

Moreover, we weren’t the only ones. The blog was birthed January 2012 into a blogosphere that by most estimates already contained over 42 million other blogs in the United States alone. We’re grateful for the feedback we’ve received from readers over the past year – how God’s used the Project and the blog in your life. We want to let you know that God’s been using all of you in our lives as well – to grow and stretch us, to challenge our old ideas, to inspire new ones, and to keep us pressing hard as we follow Him. Thank you.

Looking Ahead

So here we are at the beginning of a new year, 2013, and we find ourselves in a place where we’re reflecting on the past and also looking ahead to what will come. Project Renovation is committed as ever to being “a community of Christian youth workers committed to growing together and encouraging each other as we seek to love God and love teens.” We’ve been humbled by the opportunities we’ve had to serve, encourage, and equip youth workers, and we can’t wait for more.

As we start this new year, we’re excited about what God will do in our midst as His sons and daughters gather together humbly to prayer for one another and encourage each other as we seek to faithfully serve Him and the local church.

Your Role in Project Renovation

Would you consider making praying regularly for the Project this year? …Both for the leadership team and for the many local churches and youth ministries represented in this community. There’s something significant that takes place when stop worrying about our own accomplishments and pray for the success of the church down the block.

Would you consider sharing the Project with someone you know? We all know student ministry can involve transitions and turn-over on a fairly regular basis. Chances are there’s someone new to your ministry team or your neighborhood that could benefit from Project Renovation. Invite them to an upcoming event, pass along a blog post that you found helpful, or send them a message on Facebook and connect them to our Facebook page. Your simple gesture could be an incredibly encouragement to a fellow youth pastor, leader, or volunteer in the area.

Thank You

Finally, as we gear up for 2013, we can’t help but pause for a moment and say, “Thank You.” It’s been amazing to hear you share stories of God at work in your lives, your families, your ministries, and your communities. When we pause to remember what amazing things God has done, we cannot help but get excited about what He’s about to do.

Aaron Brown
Professor of Student Min at Lancaster Bible College
Aaron Brown is an Assistant Professor of Student Ministry at Lancaster Bible College in Lancaster, PA. He attended Biola University and Talbot School of Theology. Before coming to LBC, he was the Sr. High Director at Living Word Community Church in Red Lion, PA. Aaron serves as the Project's editor and web guy.