Friday, March 28
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The Presbytery of Lackawanna
The Presbytery of Lackawanna has learned that the early faith experiences of the youth ministry leaders themselves often return as blessing to today’s youth.
Lesley O’Boyle’s credentials include economics, web design, and youth ministry, but it was her experience as a teenage mom that brought her close to God and compels her to work with youth. The Christian education director at Church of Christ Uniting in Kingston wants to ensure that youth are never alone in facing decisions that are difficult to talk about, let alone make.
Chris Scheuerell, youth director for First Presbyterian Church of Honesdale, has a degree in youth ministry, but it was a high school mission trip that taught him the impact his faith could have on others. He is an example that God uses those who are willing to be faithful even in small things.
With degrees in ministry and adventure education, Shawn Gray does double duty as Christian education director at Covenant Church and summer program director at Camp Lackawanna. His experience as an introverted youth who grew as a result of church ministry supports his belief that offering youth authentic relationships and showing interest in their passions will move church up their priority list.
Tina Ide, Christian education director at First Presbyterian Church in Clarks Summit, has degrees in youth ministry but credits her own church experiences, negative and positive, as inspiring her twinned belief that faith is vital to everyday life and that youth can be unmistakable witnesses to this truth.
The Presbytery of Lackawanna’s 57 congregations have 6,349 total members.
— Margaret Zeigler, administrative coordinator, Presbytery of Lackawanna
Let us join in prayer for:
Rev. Dr. Barbara Smith, general presbyter
Margaret Zeigler, administrative coordinator
Maureen Posluszny, financial secretary
Robert Bryden, stated clerk
Shawn Gray, Camp Lackawanna summer program director
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Elder Vanessa Elkin, FDN
Let us pray
Lord, help us all to learn from the valuable examples of faith our young leaders set. Amen.