Students need a place to belong. After being pushed out of their church and youth ministry, a couple of high school students began looking for a place to be loved and affirmed. When they visited St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, they were immediately welcomed, loved and affirmed. They found a place to belong.
The Missing Voices Project funds churches who desire to explore new approaches in ministry to marginalized youth. Flagler College has designed a two-year experience funded by Lilly Endowment that will launch fresh expressions of youth ministry in congregations focusing on marginalized youth. St. Luke’s has received a $10,000 grant through this program that will focus on LGBTQIA+ youth.
Brandon Sangster, Director of Youth Ministries at St. Luke’s, along with six adults and six youth gathered together in August to share their dreams, fears, and joys of being a part of this project. This design team is focusing on creating a welcoming atmosphere for all students, as well as partnering with other community groups in loving and affirming LGBTQIA+ youth.
They will participate in workshops and dialogue with the other churches who were selected through a rigorous three-part grant process. One youth on the design team said, “We can start a ripple effect that could change youth ministries in our area and in our denomination, in hopes that every youth ministry can be a place for ALL to belong and be loved.”
For more information on this project, contact Brandon Sangster at email@example.com.