It’s that time of year again. Summer. Typically for those of us in ministry, the summer is a time to reflect and look at how the first of the year has gone. We check how series panned out, how growth tracks have improved, and statistically how people have been added to The Church.
With all these numbers and ideas running through our head, we must also make sure we focus on replenishing ourselves and making sure we’re ready for the last half of the year. Here at Passionate Pastors, we believe growth is a responsibility we all have. We can lean on and glean from, but ultimately, we are responsible for our own growth. We believe that summer is not the time to stop growing, but it’s actually a season where more growth can take place.
15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. – Ephesians 4:15-16 (ESV)
This September, Passionate Youth Pastors will be holding it’s second gathering of the year. With sessions from Chad Veach and Billy Heather, our September gathering promises to be a day filled with insightful and revelatory teaching. Here’s a few reasons why you need to make sure your youth pastor, youth leader, and even your youth volunteer team need to be here!
1. The Community
PYP exists first as a community of men and women committed to leading the next generations in the things of Jesus. We believe that before we focus on strategy and systems, our primary goal is to gather and do life today.
We live in a day and age where community is shunned when sitting next to opportunity. But if the Church is going to succeed is bringing the next generation to Christ, we’ve got to be refreshed and refueled by being around each other. Jesus made it very clear that following Him involved being around other people. People that we can love and learn from. Use this gathering to get around other people like you.
2. The Connection
We believe in a space that let’s youth and young adults leaders connect on real life issues. Yes there will be great teaching, and plenty of tweetable content, but PYP is more than just sessions. It’s a place to meet and connect with other youth leaders that are doing the same things you are: loving young people and striving to show them who Jesus really is.
If you’re like us, you’ve been in seasons where you feel stuck and or empty. The best thing we can do in those moments is connect with others and be transparent about our lives. PYP creates a safe place for that to happen. As we always says we don’t compare, we celebrate and support.
3. The Collaboration
This gathering is designed to give you and opportunity to collaborate with others when it comes to reaching the next generation for the kingdom of God. We see collaboration as a fruit of community, not a requirement for it.
We hope and pray that you’ll see other youth ministries as people you can connect and collaborate with. Whether it’s a ministry across the street or across the world, we’re all working together to show people who Jesus is. That’s the aim of our charge, that’s the goal of our lives.
If you’ve never attended a PYP, this a great place to jump in. You’ll meet and connect with our youth pastors, leaders, and workers just like you. There will be powerful worship that will rejuvenate you, and always world-class teaching that will equip you and empower you for what’s next.
Registration is live now at http://www.passionatepastors.com
We love you and we’ll see you there!