Transitional Leadership in Youth Ministry: Remembering the Past

This afternoon I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with two of the more active girls in the youth ministry I will be leaving at the end of this transitional period. We spent a couple of hours just hanging out, eating Taco Bell cinnamon twists, laughing, and remembering.

I can only hope that I can have this kind of opportunity with as many of the kids from this youth ministry as possible before my last day comes on June 5th. Time to just hang out. Time to remember some of the goofy things we have done together. Time to remember together where God has brought us over the course of the past three years.

This time for remembering is an important part of the transitional process. It is a part of the process that helps to bring closure. Throughout the Old Testament, God is always exhorting the people of Israel to rememberremember the covenant, remember how the Lord brought you out of slavery, remember all that the Lord has commanded, remember the places where the Lord your God has been faithful. These exhortations to remember are particularly poignant in times when the people of Israel are undergoing trial or transition.

And then, in the New Testament, Jesus–preparing to leave his disciples to continue his work on the earth–calls for his disciples to remember. In the Last Supper, Jesus commands his disciples to “…do this in remembrance of me.” He knows that the change in leadership that lies ahead will be a challenge, and he leaves them with an opportunity to remember… to remember Him and his leadership, and to remember the great work that God has done in and among them.

I hope that in the coming weeks, there will be more opportunities to sit with youth and remember. And I hope that remembering continues to bring laughter, and tears, and joy, and healing, and hope for a new future. May we take the opportunity of this transitional season of leadership to remember all the places where the Lord has met us in these past three years.


2 thoughts on “Transitional Leadership in Youth Ministry: Remembering the Past

  1. Erin,
    I can’t wait until I get a paper assignment with one of the topics you write about so that I can quote you! Seriously though – I so appreciate the love and concern you are showing for our youth at PLC by being dedicated to making this time of transition a positive experience for them – and all of us. I will miss working side by side with you – but at the same time am excited to see what God has in store for you next. Plus I will be visiting to check out that cool children’s ministry area! Road trip! Peace & Love – Jo


    1. Thanks, Jo! I can only hope that all this reflection and action really does make the transition a positive experience for the kids. I’m gonna miss them a lot (and you too!).


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