in 2008 Settled to Huron-Perth Presbytery Youth Minister -full time
Living in Blyth ON. (London Conference)
Program of Formation
CCS: 4 year program in Diaconal Ministries
What called you to diaconal ministry?
Initially, the work and education around social justice (environmental concerns) caught my attention. I was looking for a way to tie the organized church and all its resources to an intentional call to social justice. As a person working with youth I heard their desire to take up social causes as well. Diaconal ministry fit.
Describe some of your experiences of ministry
Bringing people together to plan an event/worship/education piece is one of the most exciting parts of ministry. Putting wheels on a passion, supported by a faith perspective and changing lives is rewarding.
My work has been as much in the community – outside church walls – as within, and this seems purposeful. The United church continues to challenge and risk changing the status quo.
How I explain Diaconal Ministry to other
I tend to explain the education process as key to my ministry formation/style as diaconal. By highlighting the three theme years and their emphasis (social ministry/justice, education and pastoral care), I am able to explain a comprehensive picture of my focus in ministry. As well, the education model helps me describe the way I continue or prefer to work with others within the church and other community institutions. With the co-learner approach constantly in mind we can foster an inclusive ministry of companionship ..here to support, share and celebrate all of life.
What gives you the most satisfaction, reward, sense of fulfillment from the ministry you do?
My work is different every day. I work in one-on-one relationships with youth, in support as resource to churches and clergy in their work with youth, and as connection to community agencies. Perhaps one of the best parts of my work is planning retreats/events that offer intensive (24 hours) theme-based programs which include worship, professional resource people, discussion and games. Youth and adults seem keen to participate in these infrequent but in-depth programs that provide education, direction and celebration for their lives.