Check out this inspiring story on Duke Divinity’s Faith & Leadership about the students of the Baptist Student Ministry at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. They started a pay-as-you-can deli at the end of 2019, not knowing that their service to the community would be more important than ever!
Our good friend, Cynthia at Will you 52 has an important message for all of us in these crazy times. Please check out her website to learn more about how you can join us all in praise, prayer, and thanks!
|We’re excited, and we hope you are too! Today’s the day the Zoe Project’s Online Storytelling Festival website goes live! Over the last three years, more than 100 Zoe Fellows worked to “flip the script” of young adult ministry, listening for how God is working with young adults in our communities, in order to understand how churches might come alongside them (instead of simply expecting young adults to come to churches). These experiments taught us a lot about befriending young adults in our communities, and supporting their lives and their faith.|
This website shares the stories of twelve congregations, and others who joined this experimental work, who for three years formed an “innovation hub” through Princeton Theological Seminary and the Lilly Endowment that explored new ways churches and young adults might find God and one another.
Will you join us as we present the innovations of these churches, and many others, through these stories? Here’s what you’ll find in our little “online festival”: visual poetry through film, mini-documentaries, story slams, podcasts, and yes, even a visual summary of a research paper (available later this summer by request). If we could have conjured up a campfire to put at the center of it all, we would have.
While we are saddened that the coronavirus prevented us from gathering in person, we are thankful to share these stories with you online as the culmination of our three-year journey together. We invite you to celebrate the remarkable youth adults and ministry leaders who took part in the Zoe Project, in hopes their boldness inspires others. If you see a story that resonates with you, be sure to share it with others!
With gratitude and joy,
Kenda Creasy Dean, Senior Strategist and Project Director
On August 1, Trey Wince—who has served with Ministry Incubators our the past three years as a permissionary and coach—will become Ministry Incubators’ first Project Director and Senior Sales Whisperer. Most recently, Trey served as Director of New Disciples for the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference, where he still works half time. He has been a church planter, consultant, pastor, and chief curator of wild ideas at Princeton United Methodist Church and Kingston United Methodist Church in New Jersey. Before seminary, Trey served as a college ministry director working with students at Vanderbilt, Belmont, and Lipscomb Universities; as Director of Young Adult Ministries at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville; and as international missions coordinator with Joshua Expeditions (#whatyoudowithanEnglishdegreefromBaylor). He received his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and is known for teaching on whatever he saw last on Animal Planet. He believes in small wins, and that taking care of small stuff allows churches and church leaders to dream about the big stuff. Trey’s superpower is Debbie; they are the besotted parents of two young boys, Liam and Jack.
Trey helped mastermind the new and improved Hatchathon 2.0. Look for him at the New York Annual Conference Intergenerational Hatchathon, Oct. 11-13, 2019. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have heard us talking about “Hatchathon” all over the place but don’t really know what it is, here is a presentation that Kenda made for the upcoming Hatchathon with the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church. It explains a little bit what you can expect if you are able to attend one of these events. You can find our upcoming events (including a few Hatchathons), on our events page.
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