SInce I became the Youth and Young Adult Director in May 2022, I have felt nothing but welcome and encouragement from this congregation. My partner Nathan and I were welcomed (and put to work) almost immediately. As Nathan and I have gotten to know Billings, it has been so wonderful to have such an amazing community to ground us.
I am humbled by the challenging questions that doing this work makes me ask. What does youth ministry look like in the context of Billings First Church’s unique expression of faith? How can youth ministry engage young people in a serious exploration of their relationship with God, while also being fun? How do we as a church equip young people to respond to God’s calls towards justice, peace, and mercy?
I don’t think anyone but God has perfect answers to all of those questions. However, I think there are actions that we can take in our youth ministry to put us on the path toward answering them. To that end, I have a few things planned for the next year. The Scriptures that we have inherited as Christians are a treasure trove. It’s Important that children and young people not only learn about what is in scripture, but also learn how to wrestle and engage with it.
I truly look forward to the next amazing year of Youth Ministry at Billings First Church.
BFCC Youth Director