New YES! Staff
Ready to Expand, in Pursuit of Younger Leaders
YES! Young Enough to Serve is looking for a passionate, articulate, caring individual or couple---likely under fifty---with ministerial training, credentials, and a calling to serve on a multi-church basis.
We are excited about what this new staff person or couple could mean, helping more churches in a deeper way throughout the United States.
While YES! focuses broadly on the USA, we anticipate that the next missionary will live in the Western region of the United States, collaborating with Wes & Judy, YES! founders, who live near California's Central Coast (Scotts Valley/Santa Cruz). A willingness to travel is important, and the travel scope is yet to be determined. If the candidate resides in another state, most travel would likely be within that region.
YES! is interdenominational. Wes & Judy are US missionaries with the Assemblies of God. Many denominations and some non-denominational churches have formal structures for domestic missionary outreach, and YES! is open to working with other missionary-sending organizations.
YES! helps inspire adults over fifty to pray, serve, and make disciples. We believe God intends for this inspiration to come through all generations, not just peer-to-peer, highlighting why YES! is looking for a younger individual or couple at this time.
Young leaders encouraged and challenged older adults in the early Church, seen mostly clearly with Paul's appointment of Timothy and Titus. This cross-generational partnership is missing in many American churches, especially pertaining to second half ministry leaders.
On the flip side, YES! has experienced this exciting dynamic firsthand on our board of directors (ages mid-twenties to early seventies) and volunteer staff. The fresh, creative, energetic contribution of younger talent has been invaluable.
While peer-to-peer ministry is important, it can also isolate age groups. Younger missionaries will help YES! nurture love, interest, and concern between generations, not just within generations. The younger-to-older and older-to-younger dynamic can play a huge role in developing healthier churches.
Here is a summary of why YES! is pursuing younger leaders:
- The precedence in Scripture is strong, not an anomaly. Over three-quarters of Paul's letters begin with intergenerational relationships.
- It's a practical, strategic pathway to stronger intergenerational vision and the bridging of generational gaps.
- We need to model cross-generational interest and concern at the leadership level, not just talk about it!
- We know God is calling people of all ages to lead older adult ministries, but in the USA we've been slow to pursue, affirm, prepare, or receive those younger.
- God loves to break through closed circles.
- Those younger have vision to see things older adults may miss. (And the reverse is also true.)
- Younger leaders can help YES! influence more young people.
- Younger leaders force us to invest more. We often see declining, partial, part-time and weak investment in spite of exploding growth in the older population---even in larger churches with hundreds of older adults.
- The whole body needs to show concern for each part. Bodies, by design, are not a collection of self-sufficient parts.
- We need contrast, youthful energy, and fresh, state-of-the-art approaches.
- If we're serious about reaching adults over fifty (and not just adults over seventy), we must engage Boomers and Generation X, in addition to the Builder generation. The intergenerational leadership emphasis helps open the door to the Young Old.
- We need young leaders to help churches move beyond tired paradigms of passive, leisure- and entertainment-driven 'ministry'.
- We need younger people in our lives, and they need us! These ideals can get overlooked if we over-rely on young leaders to reach the young and older leaders to impact those older.
The specific job description will depend on the gifts, abilities, location, and other factors of the person(s) applying.
General duties include speaking at churches/conferences, training leaders, meeting with pastors and other leaders, coordinating serving events, and assisting with administrative responsibilities. The individual or couple will expand the influence of YES! geographically, through expanded physical presence, social media, and through other outreach vehicles. Helping churches strengthen cross-generational appreciation and collaboration is a huge priority.
The individual or couple must be open to raising their own support. This would be a collaborative effort of the individual/couple, YES! Young Enough to Serve, and the missionary-sending organization. Because raising ongoing support demands a lot, YES! anticipates a minimum service commitment of four years after support is raised. The monthly budget amount to be raised is based on a variety of factors, determined in consultation with the missionary-sending organization.
While raising your own support may sound intimidating, we know many individuals and churches would gladly support younger adults truly called by God into this area of ministry.
If interested, we encourage you to peruse the YES! website for a better understanding, read Half Two: The Quest for a God-Honoring Encore, and send a letter of inquiry to Wes & Judy Wick at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your interest and prayerful consideration!