Student & Family Ministries – March 16, 2016

Emerging Leaders

Heather Graff Installation Service (L-R: Matt Larkin, Heather Graff)

Heather Graff Installation Service (L-R: Matt Larkin, Heather Graff)

One of the more significant tasks the Department of Student & Family Ministries is responsible for is identifying, tracking with, and helping to develop emerging leaders. This is a task in which we work closely with the Department of Nurture, our regional superintendents, conference leaders, pastors and local churches. There are a number of students, currently, who are actively training to serve God in various areas of local church ministry. The development of these leaders is an important task that belongs to us all.

This past Sunday, I had the opportunity to take part in an installation service for Heather Graff. Heather is the new youth pastor at Grace Advent Christian Church in Walterboro, South Carolina. There, she’ll be serving with Rev. Wayne Lucas and Rev. Nelson Howe, who have both served that church faithfully for a number of years. Heather’s connection to the Advent Christian network came through the Aurora Advent Christian Church, but through programs like our Summer Ministries Exchange, Heather has had the opportunity to connect with pastors and leaders throughout the Midwest, New England and the Southeast.

Heather Graff Installation Service (Pastor Wayne Lucas, Heather Graff, Matt Larkin)

Heather Graff Installation Service (Pastor Wayne Lucas, Heather Graff, Matt Larkin)

It is through ministries like this that our students can have opportunity to stay connected to our network, and learn about what may be available to them as they continue their development. Heather is one who many leaders have connected with and invested in as she has worked toward where she is now.

Speaking, purely, from the perspective of fulfilling the mission God has called us to at Advent Christian General Conference, I am extremely excited to see what God is doing through Heather and am looking forward to how God will use her in this new ministry post in South Carolina. Heather is one of many emerging leaders who are, and will, be used by God to lead us now and in the future. This is an exciting development, and one we should certainly be praising God for.

I’d encourage you to be in prayer for Heather as she begins at Grace Church, and to be in prayer for the other pastors and leaders God may be raising up in our midst in a variety of ways. If you have any questions regarding ACGC’s efforts to assist the local church in the development of new leaders, feel free to contact me in the Department of Student & Family Ministries anytime. You can reach me at 1-800-676-0694, x. 240 or mlarkin@acgc.us.

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