We are at such an amazing time as a church! We are growing, seeing families begin to jump in and serve, and feeling like our footing is back after a very tricky season of ministry with the merge one year ago. We have so many opportunities and so much excitement! We just can’t wait for God to unfold the next part of His plan for North Creek.
One thing is for sure: Battle Ground needs a youth pastor.
We have spent the last year getting the Battle Ground teens plugged into our Hazel Dell youth group under the leadership of Kris Gray. It has been a great win for all of the students and we have been amazed at the cohesiveness between the various groups of youth. We have also loved marrying two sets of youth staff who are thriving together. Kris and her team took an interesting circumstance and made it incredible. That being said, the community of Battle Ground is starving for a local solution to helping teens navigate their lives from a Godly perspective surrounded by Jesus-filled adults.
Here’s what KILLS us…we really feel within our heart of hearts that our church is part of the answer. We know that the steel rod that runs through the back of North Creek Church is our ability to invest in teenagers and connect them to our church as young adults. We birthed a church set on pouring resources and attention into teenagers. It has run through Mark and I’s blood for 20 years and becoming Lead Pastors never changed that.
So, here’s the deal. We need you to pray for a miracle for Battle Ground and North Creek. We have several things that you can pray specifically about:
1. We need $50,000 for the various salaries and startup costs to run both youth ministries for a year. We believe that a year from now we’ll be solid enough to carry the weight from that point forward.
2. We also need a youth pastor. We believe that there is a very specific person for this role. We believe that God is appointing this person to fit perfectly into this task and we believe He is birthing a passion for Battle Ground in their hearts. If you know of a youth pastor that fits into the DNA of North Creek, can work in tandem with Kris Gray, and is ready to take on the massive task of pastoring Battle Ground teens, send them the link to my blog or have them email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
3. We need you to continue to pray for Vancouver teenagers. This is nothing new. They are bursting at the seams and desperately need a bigger facility! The financial ramifications of solving their ever-expanding issues is massive, but we’ll take those type of problems any day. Let’s reach people for Jesus!
THANK YOU for your prayers! We know that God is up to something and the miracle is just around the corner. Hold on to your seats! It’s going to be a good year!