Sitting in my office this Monday morning listening to the sounds of the God@Work Expansion going on right outside my office fills me with a great sense of gratitude and satisfaction for the many good things that are happening in the ministry of Mount Pleasant Christian Church. As I write this “blog” we have just received a special offering that is nearing the one million dollar mark, our weekend attendance is higher than it’s ever been before and many of our ministries are experiencing new levels of impact and influence. At the same time we have some very definite areas of need. One of those is our Senior High Student Ministry. For many years Mount Pleasant had a strong and vibrant Senior High Student Ministry. It was nothing for us to have well over one hundred kids gather on Sunday nights for a time of fun, fellowship and spiritual growth. Over the past few years, though, that number has been on the decline. I’m not going to try and explain why that has happened because, the truth is, it’s the result of a number of different things and I’m more interested in focusing on where we need to go rather than where we've been. This is where you come in.
At the current time I am working hard to find a new Senior High Youth Pastor. I want to fill this position as quickly as possible but I am committed to taking as much time as necessary to find the right guy. In the mean time I need you to do two things. First, will you commit to praying earnestly, each and every day, that God would provide the right man for this need. We need someone who has the passion, the energy, the personality and the commitment to rebuild this ministry. I’m prayerfully seeking that person but I could use your prayers as well. Second, if you've got high school students or you know high school students would you encourage them to support this ministry? The simple truth is I need the parents and adults at Mount Pleasant to “leverage” their influence to help rebuild this ministry. I need your help. I need you to view this as an opportunity to help your kids or the kids you know learn that church is a place that’s supposed to be different from the rest of the world because church is a place where our primary focus is not what we get but what we give. I've written about this before. In fact, here’s a link to a blog entry simply called “Youth Group.” http://mpcc-front-porch.blogspot.com/2011/08/youth-group.html
So this is my personal request because I need your help. I am committed to a strong Student Ministry here at Mount Pleasant. We have a state-of-the-art Student Ministry Center and we are committed to providing funding through our annual budget. But I need your help. I need your prayers, I need your influence and I need your support.