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As a part of the EMMC 5-Year Strategic plan the General Board and General Council along with the Executive Director have decided to incorporate a Director of Youth into the Home Office staff. Let me introduce myself. My Name is Peter Serger and I have been working with youth in a variety of capacities for the past 20 years. My roles have included peer leadership with Interscholastic Christian Fellowship, Junior Youth Leader, Youth Missionary in Northern Manitoba, Youth Pastor, and now as Director of Youth at the EMMC home office. My role here is to implement a Youth Ministry Council which will be a group of Youth Leaders/Pastors who get to set direction for Treasured Foundation and Youth Leaders Retreat as well as discuss, share and develop youth ministry related resources. The goal is to find relevant ways to equip, empower and encourage the youth leader teams throughout the EMMC churches. If you want to chat more about this new position simply respond to this email, I’d love to hear from you!
Treasured Foundation is our youth conference. It happens every 3 years at the end of December. That last TF, TR2019, happened December 28-31, 2019, and was the first time TF was hosted outside of Minneapolis. TF2019 took place in Steinbach, Manitoba with almost 300 people in attendance.
TF focuses on connecting youth and youth leaders and inspiring them toward a deeper relationship with God through sessions, mini-sessions, worship, activities, and service opportunities. It is always a highlight for those who choose to make it a part of their year.
TF2022 is the next edition of TF. Follow us on Facebook to get the updates you need when TF planning starts happening or check out #treasuredfoundation2019 on Instagram for photos for our event.
Youth Leader Retreat
The EMMC Youth Leader Retreat (YLR) is an annual event where youth leaders across the EMM Conference come together to connect, rest and learn in a retreat setting. The YLR structure is currently being reviewed by the Youth Ministry Council of the EMMC and information will become available after that. If permitted there will likely be a retreat planned for 2020-2021 school year sometime.
The Gathering is an all-encompassing EMMC event where members of the EMM Conference come together to gain vision, resourcing, connections, and encouragement. It happens every 2 years and one is currently being planned for July 2021.
You ask why is this here in the Youth Ministries page? Because our youth are a part of the EMMC, and typically at the Gathering we have youth events and youth leader training. As the Youth Ministry Council continues to assess our ministries there is potential for increased activities for youth and for youth leaders at the Gathering. Stay tuned as things get underway.
In conjunction with the new position of Director of Youth, a Youth Ministry Council has been formed. This council is currently developing their purpose statement and strategic plan in order to best serve youth ministries in the EMMC. The EMMC Family of Youth Leaders is growing in its connection and support of each other. We look forward to sharing resources and encouragements.
The members of the Youth Ministry Council are:
- Peter Serger, EMMC Director of Youth Ministries
- Home Office
- Tim Goertzen, Treasured Foundation Committee Chair
- Youth Pastor, Winkler EMMC, Winkler, MB, Region 3
- Peter Klassen
- Jr. Youth Pastor, Deer Run Church, Leamington, ON, Region 4
- Bill Harder
- Youth Pastor, Blue Creek EMMC, Belize, Region 6
- Isaak & Helen Dyck
- Youth Leaders, Mennonite Gospel Church, Vauxhall, AB, Region 1
- Ryan Law
- Youth Pastor, Aylmer EMMC, Aylmer, ON, Region 4
- Ty & Melissa Wieler
- Youth Leaders, Bagot Community Chapel, Bagot, MB, Region 2
- Ashley Penner
- Youth Leader, Morrow Gospel Church, Winnipeg, MB, Region 2
- Cody Schuender
- Youth Pastor, Nassau Street Church, Winnipeg, MB, Region 2