As we progress through each stage of life, we need a church that is ready for the future. We have reached a point in our church where we are starting to see some of our grandchildren come into the teen ministry. For others of us, we became Christians at a young age, got married in the church, had kids, and now see our own kids entering the middle school and teen ministries.
We are seeing the next generation come along right before our eyes… It’s amazing to watch! Inspiring that next generation is one of our highest priorities, and that is why we never stop investing in our future. Raising up leaders is a continual process: from summer Y-interns in high school, to campus interns in college, to full-time interns leading our Y and professionals ministries, to leaders of our family ministries. When we raise up young leaders, we create a virtuous cycle that makes every part of God’s church strong, sustainable, and ready for what the future may hold.
 We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the LORD, about his power and his mighty wonders.  For he issued his laws to Jacob; he gave his instructions to Israel. He commanded our ancestors to teach them to their children,  so the next generation might know them– even the children not yet born- and they in turn will teach their own children.
Psalm 78:4-6 NLT
Our Special Contribution coming up on May 31st will be an incredible opportunity to support and further build our teen ministries.
Special Contribution is our investment in the future. It allows us to go beyond maintaining what we currently have in order to build for the future. Special Contribution allows us to fund projects and programs that may have minimal immediate return but immense impact to provide opportunities for young people to train and lead in the ministry. After several years of training, many of these young leaders now lead various ministries and sectors. This would not have been possible without our Special Contribution.
Growing up in middle school, I wasn’t sure how I felt about a relationship with God. When a campus intern from Cal Berkeley started coming over to my house to play basketball and hang out, it inspired me that a cool guy like that would want to spend time with me. I saw him as a friend I could look up to, not an authority figure I couldn’t relate to. I felt like I could be real with him. He and other mentors studied the Bible with me and helped me see that living for others is better than living for myself and that God has real purpose for my life. Now I’m getting the opportunity to be a campus intern myself while in college to help inspire other young people.
Jake, Campus Student Intern