Overwhelmed. I suppose that is the word that best describes my first year as the Director of Ministries with Young People for the Southeastern Jurisdiction of the
The Barna Research Group asserts that if a person does not make a life-changing commitment to Christ before their 19th birthday there is a 94% chance they never will. Additionally, their 2003 report stated that 58% of youth attending youth groups today won’t be attending church by their 30th birthday.  The need for intensive, intentional and Christ-centered youth and young adult ministry is more acute now than ever before. We have to create environments where youth and young adults can make faith commitments in a non-coercive, non-threatening manner. We have learned over the years that fear-based commitments only last as long as the heat is on. We need to facilitate true “heart warming” experiences in the tradition of John Wesley. In order to do this we need to shore up the spiritual foundations of the Ministries with Young People division.
John Wesley once said, "Give me one hundred men [or women] who love only God with all their heart and hate only sin with all their heart, and we will shake the gates of hell and bring in the
Each month you will receive a prayer update listing the current ministry and personal prayer needs for me, the staff and the entire the MYP division. It will contain reflections, ministry events that need your prayers as well as Marty and Nilse’s personal requests and travel schedule so that you can hold them up before God as they move across the jurisdiction. Our goal will be to host a prayer summit for Prayer Partners, perhaps as early as March 2006, to lay the spiritual foundation for the summer events, grow in our spiritual lives together and pray for one another.
Would you consider partnering with us to shape the next generation of youth and young adult leaders for the
I look forward to God moving mightily thanks to your prayers. I remain:
Lost in Grace,
Reverend Marty Cauley,