For a while now I've had a vision where multiple churches could invest in one youth ministry program. The idea is that churches in partnership can offer to students a large group setting together, and offer small group community individually. Resources can be multiplied through sharing, influence can be leveraged at a higher level, service could be done with greater efficiency, all the while honoring individual church's DNA and values.
So, it's taken a while, but officially tonight I began the work of blending two sets of teenagers, and two sets of adult volunteers, from two individual churches into one youth program. And I really do believe that there is potential for additional churches to get on board.
I really have no idea what I'm doing, or how it will turn out, but I've never been more excited about student ministry. Never more energized. Never more scared of failure. Never more drawn to prayer.
Should be fun.