Julie Billmeier serves in Youth and Young Adult Ministries in the Diocese of Dallas. She is an inspiring young adult herself and has added a wealth of insight and wisdom to the work and conversation at this Symposium.
As we have talked about vocation and authorization at our small group tables, the issue of changing territory and landscapes (video by Bob McCarty yesterday… click here) has raised practical questions for young adults who want to be employed in ministry.
If I go to work for the church as a lay ecclesial minister:
- What kind of job stability will I have?
- What happens when a new bishop or pastor arrives?
- How will I be able to pay for the Master’s degree that is required?
- If I get married, what role does my spouse play?
- If we have children, how do I balance ministry with family?
These are great questions!
Nature of Relationship-building
In the opening keynote address (click here <—) Dr. Nancy Ammerman highlighted the fact that relationships are built very differently today than they were 20 or 30 years ago. Social media has transformed the way that people connect and stay in touch.
Listen to Julie as she talks about how that impacts her ministry as a young adult and with young adults. It’s quite thought-provoking for the current population of ministry leaders and challenges us to change how we approach ministry. And we need to change if we are going to attract and form a new up-and-coming generation of lay ecclesial ministers.
After you’ve had a listen… come back and leave us a question or comment.