In the sandbox the little boy enjoyed maneuvering and creating paths for his cars and trains to go. As he was playing, he didn’t notice that one of the vehicles had been pushed to the side and had managed to find its way under the fence to my yard. For a few days, the toy sat idle in the grass until my grandson noticed it.
“Grandma," he said, "this train belongs in that boy’s yard.”
My grandson tried pushing it back under, but the sand on the other side blocked it from going back. So, we picked it up and put it on top of the fence, hoping he would see it and retrieve it, ready for play again.
A few days later, looking out the window in the rain, I noticed the train still sitting on the fence. It reminded me that sometimes that’s what happens in our church communities. Sometimes we feel like we are sitting on a fence, outside of our comfort zone and outside of the potential we were created with. We long to be active and engaged, but feel like we are at the edges or under the fence.
One of Resonate Global Mission’s priorities is to open space for diverse groups of young adults and lay leaders—equipping, mentoring, and discipling them so that together we may share the good news and live out the gospel in all areas of life.
Through this newsletter, we share with you some of the creative ways this work is happening, including a new discipleship program from a campus ministry and the new South Coast Beach Project.
Even in this season of Covid-19, God is at work and needs each of you to find the sandbox, so to speak. I am excited about the new opportunities that are in the works for the development of young adults and lay leaders. In the coming months, you will also hear more about a new learning cohort coming this fall, more stories from those who have engaged in the Pivot Challenge (if you haven’t participated yet, I dare you), and discipleship opportunities.
In a critical time of history, the church—you as a community and you as individuals—are being called by God to be creative. Resonate wants to partner with you and help find ways of engaging in mission with you.
I looked out the window earlier. The train is no longer on the fence. It's back in the sandbox and is helping to create new pathways.
A New Discipleship Opportunity for Young Adults
The South Coast Beach Project, started by Immanuel CRC and Simcoe in partnership with Resonate Global Mission, is a new summer discipleship opportunity for young adults. Young adults live in intentional Christian community, serve in a summer job, and engage in deep spiritual formation.
At a time when many congregations are asking how they can remain engaged with young adults who are part of Gen Z (the generation following Millennials), campus ministries are pivoting to come alongside these congregations and share what they have learned. Campus ministries are immersed in the culture, questions, and accomplishments of this new generation and are seeing firsthand how they are joining in God's mission on campuses and beyond.
A good example is the work of Geneva House, Classis Quinte’s campus ministry that serves Queen’s University, St. Lawrence College, and Loyalist College. “Beyond Youth Investment” is a six-week video training program for youth leaders and others interested in engaging with Gen Z. Funded by Classis Quinte and Resonate, this program will be available free of charge to anyone who is interested.
Campus minister and Geneva House team leader Dr. Steve Kooy says this pivoting completes a circle of covenant. "Churches invest in us," he said, "we invest in the next generation on campus, and then we invest back into the church by sharing what we are learning.”
Are you interested in learning more about how you can be a witness for Christ in your neighborhood? We have two new opportunities to join a Joining God in the Neighbourhood online cohort. Each cohort runs for four weeks:
Beginning Wednesday, June 23, at 7pm EST
Beginning Thursday, June 24, at 9:30am EST
You can learn more about Joining God in the Neighbourhood and watch a preview experience here. If you have questions, or would like to sign up to join a cohort, email Beth Fellinger at email@example.com.
Are you feeling sad about missing Inspire this summer? The CRCNA is hosting FREE virtual events August 3-6, 2021, that can provide a snack-sized portion of what Inspire has to offer. Each session will include worship, a plenary speaker, and the opportunity to network and connect with others. Learn more and register here.
"In a critical time of history, the church—you as a community and you as individuals—are being called by God to be creative."
Thanks for reading our regional newsletter. I would love to talk with you further to explore what mission looks like for you and your congregation!