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TOF Letter 3/6 – Youth Staff “On the Bus”

April 23rd, 2011


April 22, 2011


Dear Parents,

You may have noticed by now that Ken and Gina Baker have been sitting with the teens, giving testimonies from youth trips and taking your teens home after activities. In case you had not heard, we have chosen the Bakers to help us with in the youth department, not only with the workload of visits, letters and activity preparations, but in assisting us in leading the teens.

If you’ve ever read the book Good to Great, by business author Jim Collins, you’ve heard the analogy of getting the right people “on the bus.” Surveying the needs of the youth ministry and the various church members and their gifts, we wanted to get the right people on the bus to help us with our ministry.

We added Ken and Gina Baker to our youth staff back in February after a time of prayer and consideration, and for the last couple months they have been absolutely invaluable in their contribution to the spirit, the workload, and the investment in our teens. Now, with the right people on the bus, we’re working on getting the right people in “the right seats.”

I chose carefully the term leading in the first paragraph because I see the Bakers literally as an extension of Pastor and me in assisting you as parents through the church. They have fully “bought in” (their wording) to our burden for your teens, and their sole and driving desire is to be servants. I want our teens to catch that quality in the Bakers more than any other quality, and the Bakers’ servant leadership will prove invaluable over the coming years.

We don’t know exactly what the Bakers will be doing, hence the analogy “getting in the right seats.” Neither do we know exactly how long they will be involved with the teens. God’s timing will prove all that in the end. What we DO know right now is that the Bakers are a blessing and simply desire no more than to be used. HOW they will be used is yet to be discovered, but my main concern right now is that your teens see and catch the value of the Bakers’ servant hearts.

Encourage them like you’ve encouraged us! They’ve already been impactful and we’re looking forward to what God has planned for the Teens of Faith because of this step.

In faith,


Ryan Rench


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