Below you’ll find the letter that I sent to the parents of our youth and children at BBC yesterday. I know that the resignation of our Minister of Youth and Children has raised a lot of questions about what’s next. I hope that my words below will help shed some light on that.

Please join me in praying for the members of our Youth and Children’s Committee as they begin the work of searching for Michael’s successor in the weeks ahead. Please also pray for our youth, children, parents, and volunteers as we move forward over the next few weeks.

As I said last week before I knew of Michael’s resignation, I know that God is already doing much in our midst that we’ve yet to fully see. The best days are still ahead of us!

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Parents of BBC children and youth,

I wanted to reach out to you to follow up the news that you and your youth recieved last night from our Minister of Youth and Children, Michael Lasater-Sizemore. Like you, this news brought a lot of emotion to me as a parent. Any time our children are faced with such a shift in their lives, it is hard. 

While Michael’s tenure has been much shorter than any of us would have preferred, we have seen our children and youth engaging with Christ and one another over these last few months. We’ve seen growth in our youth program, and we’ve seen our kids connecting through Zoom in ways that they look forward to each week.

As a former youth minister, I am aware of how difficult this kind of transition can be. I also know that it often brings a lot of questions regarding the future of the ministries, the church, and the spiritual growth of our children and youth. 

Let me assure you that it is a high priority to me that we start the search for Michael’s successor as soon as possible. The Youth and Children’s committee will be meeting tonight to begin discussing that process and the plan is to post the position soon. While we all would like for the transition period to be short, we also know how important it is that this search be thorough, both in seeking what’s best for our children and youth, and in the prayerful seeking of God’s call. In the interim period that we’re about to face, there is no plan to see any change in the offering of programming for our youth and children. Thanks to volunteers, those ministries will still happen as your children and youth continue to grow in faith in the days ahead. I am thankful to those volunteers who have already stepped up to aid us in these days. 

Please know that, as Pastor or our church, I am avaliable to answer any questions that you have as we move forward. Please also know that, as a parent of children in both the kid’s ministry and the youth program, I understand your frustration, confusion, and the other multiple emotions you may be facing. This search is important to me for more reasons than just ministry ones. 

I firmly believe that our God is a God who is faithful, even in such transitions. I know that God will be with us as we seek the path forward and I know that the best is still yet to be.

Thank you for your patience in the days ahead and thank you for joining with me in praying for what’s next. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me. 

In Christ,