For several months, there have been discussions about the best way to move forward with our youth ministry. During the summer, we had a terrific group of youth attend Passport Camp, and two of our youth made professions of faith and were baptized. In recent weeks, I have been leading the youth time on Sunday evenings and have been enjoying the time with the kids. We have had
as many as 9 youth in attendance. After considering the possibility of pursuing a Duke Divinity intern for this school year, we decided for a couple reasons not to pursue that option at the time. Within days after that decision, I received an email from Lawrence Powers, the local campus minister sponsored by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of NC. He mentioned a young man who was interested in working as an intern this school year as he begins following
a call to ministry.
After being connected by Lawrence, I met with Luke Perrin, and a couple weeks later, Luke interviewed with our Personnel Team and Youth Council about the possibility of serving as an intern with a focus in youth ministry. We have presented the idea to the Finance Team and Deacons, and both groups have joined Personnel and the Youth Council in recommending that we move forward with this internship. We will be having a Family Meeting after worship on Sunday, October 7, to present this proposal to the church for a vote.
Luke has served the past three summers on staff with Passport Camp. He spent two summers as a Bible study leader and was the Director for one of their sites this past summer (not the location where our youth attended). As Director, he supervised the rest of the staff and was involved in all areas of camp life. He comes with the highest recommendations from the leadership of Passport who note that when he is leading youth, “he is in his element.” Luke also spent a semester as an intern at the Baptist Joint Committee for
Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C. He is a senior at NC State and plans to attend Divinity School in the fall of 2019. He has worked on staff of the Technician – the NC State student newspaper for several years. In addition, his mother is a minister who has served on the ministerial staff of several churches in NC, so he has a good understanding of the dynamics of church life and loves the church.
I am very impressed by Luke, his energy, his ideas, and his gifts for ministry, and I really believe that he could be a wonderful resource for our youth while we are seeking to determine what we can afford and what our longer-term options are for youth ministry at Hope Valley. I invite you to join me in prayer as we consider this possibility.