The transition from parish ministry to diocesan ministry has been interesting, energizing, and exhausting, all at the same time. It’s truly fascinating to look around at the different churches throughout the Diocese and realize that there is more that bonds and unites us together than pulls us apart. There are common truths about us as human beings that make us long for a close, intimate relationship with God. We all long to be accepted, loved, and valued. Youth and Young Adult Ministry is going to lead the church in our evolution to meet modern society where they are. It is our job as the Diocese to lead this change, to provide a road map and model for our churches to reference. Lay ministers, priests, and volunteers are working so hard day-in and day-out to make their ministries impactful, memorable, and enjoyable. Our job at the diocesan level is to help make connections and provide resources to churches within and beyond our DioPA borders.
As I travel the Diocese and meet so many new faces, see so many beautiful worship spaces, and see the commitment of others toward our mission to encounter God and connect with the Gospel one emotion fills my chest: encouragement. I’m encouraged at the level of commitment our Diocese is demonstrating for youth and young adult ministries. Our focus of sharing the love of God is what will lead us into new, life-altering ministries. The best is yet to come!