Posts Tagged ‘Transition’

Connecting Points at YWC

Post a Comment » Written on January 16th, 2012     
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Looking for an intern?

While attending Youth Worker Connection, be sure to take advantage of your opportunities to connect with one another. The room where you complete the registration process and pick up your materials for our time together will also house a bulletin board where you can post what openings you have at your church, or in your organization…Students! Bring along your resume if you are looking for an internship/position!

There will be a number of students from North Park University and Theological Seminary assisting us throughout the event, many of whom are now, or soon will be, seeking internships and positions. Make your need known and perhaps even consider if you might be able to serve as a mentor for these individuals who are discerning and clarifying their call to ministry…the possibilities are nearly endless!

Let’s help one another write the next chapter together…



Post a Comment » Written on June 27th, 2011     
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New Executive Director for Covenant Point

Post a Comment » Written on June 6th, 2011     
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Friends, change and transition are part of our daily experience. Many times things happen and the resulting change is minimal. Other times the changes that take place are unexpected and a ripple effect on other aspects of our lives including  family, friends, and the future are impacted to where much must be adapted in order to take the next step.

Last November, Chuck Frasier passed away suddenly leaving many in shock and a vacancy in the leadership of Covenant Point Bible Camp where he had served as the Executive Director for 26 years. Upon his passing, the Harbor Point Ministries Board called together a search committee.

I’d like to share some great news with you! After months of seeking out who might be the next leader at Covenant Point, a candidate was unanimously approved by the search committee. Erik Strom, a youth ministry colleague of ours, has accepted the position of Executive Director for Covenant Point.

As the busy summer months are upon us and with a great deal of transition underway for many please pray for:

  • The Strom family (Erik, wife Courtney, and their three sons),
  • The Covenant Point family (those who work there year round and throughout the summer months, and those who have been and will be attending camps and retreats at Covenant Point this summer), as well as
  • The continued ministry of Winnetka Covenant Church (where Strom has served as youth Pastor since 2007)

For more information, contact Bob Olson (Chair, HPM Board) by phone: (847)571-5185 or

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Hold Life Loosely

Post a Comment » Written on June 6th, 2011     
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Reid Olson serves on the Speaker Team and describes himself as “just a normal guy, married with 2 kids in middle school, embracing my 40’s, who thinks he hasn’t done much for transforming this world into anything monumental, but when God speaks through me, it’s fun to watch Him use me like a tool to do His ‘thing’. That’s all.”

In March he put pen to paper, scratch that, he put his fingers on the home keys and got to typing a blog post.  Since writing the post a few things have transpired…here is what he has to say about the time between then and now:

Since writing this article, I’ve been released from my ministry position as Pastor of Students at Pine Lake Covenant. I revisit this article often as the Lord continues to speak to me about His prompting in writing it. I had no idea that life would transpire as it has, but I have truly been able to live out this blog post in more ways than one.

I know that God is working in the lives of our family. I know that God will not abandon us. I know that holding things loosely in my life is really the only way to find sanity and stability. I often feel like I want to grab at the controls again and squeeze tightly the things I want to control, but the more I squeeze, the less control I really have over anything.

God is teaching me the reality of trusting His lead, sometimes in more ways that are uncomfortably not how I’d like to learn to trust. When I recall the characters in Scripture, I’m reminded that they didn’t get much of the easy way of faith either, so I suppose we’re all in good company.

Please pray for our family as we seek God’s next call for us. After summer sabbatical we are looking for a lead pastor position… Will preach for food. :)

Click here to read his blog post entitled “Hold Life Loosely”.

National Youth Survey

Post a Comment » Written on May 30th, 2011     
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Do you really know how the youth in your community or ministry feel about God, Church, ethics and sexuality?  How would it affect your strategies if you had a “snapshot” of their REAL beliefs, values and behaviors?  What would you do differently if you knew exactly how they felt about your youth ministry/organization?

These areas are being explored in a national survey and your youth ministry/organization is invited to participate.

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Youth Ministry Network

The Youth Ministry Network (YMN) promotes healthy Youth Ministry in the Evangelical Covenant Church by helping Youth Workers to be known, connected, and resourced.

Within this new structure there are two defined roles, the YMN Facilitator and the YMN Leader. Each conference has only one YMN Facilitator while there are many YMN Leaders in each conference, determined by the geographic reality of each region and affinity groups. The role of Youth Ministry Network Leader is a revision of what was formerly known as a “Frontline Coach”.

Discover who the new Youth Ministry Network Facilitator is in your conference by visiting There you will find each YMN Facilitator’s contact information, location, and a photo. Introduce yourself to them today!

North Park’s Ministry Internship and Job Fair

The only ministry fair in the Chicagoland region!
Saturday, February 19, 2011 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
North Park University, Anderson Chapel

Looking for a ministry job or internship?  Need to hire ministry interns?*
Join North Park University’s Center for Youth Ministry Studies as it hosts the fourth annual Ministry Internship and Job Fair.  Open to all internship and job seekers, the fair has grown to include students from North Park University, Trinity Christian College and  Moody Bible Institute, as well as seasoned ministry workers looking for new positions.

Visit: to register (it’s free, but a headcount is helpful!).

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3 Slots Left…

Post a Comment » Written on January 20th, 2011     
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…for Spiritual Direction during Connection

There is one slot left on Friday 1/28 from 3-4pm (at the Hyatt Regency Chicago), and two more slots Sunday 1/30 from 3-4pm (at North Park’s Old Main Building).

Sessions are 50 minutes long and since availability is limited requests will be accommodated on a first come, first serve basis. Only one session per person please. If you’re interested in signing up, click here and complete the form.

Relational Youth Ministry

Post a Comment » Written on October 18th, 2010     
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by: Tim Ciccone – High School Pastor – Kansas is a website/blog dedicated to navigating youth ministry better. It started with a conversation about transitioning well and now has grown to include all dimensions of this wonderful thing called “Youth Ministry”. This blog is a place where everyone committed to seeing teenagers grow in their relationship with Jesus is welcome to come and participate in the conversation. That might be you, the full time Youth Pastor, the Youth Ministry major in college, the seminarian preparing for full time ministry, the volunteer small group leader or chaperone, the Pastor’s spouse, or even the Senior Pastor looking to understand Youth Ministry better.
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