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August 10th, 2010

Dear parents, teens and all other readers,

My wife and I are absolutely thrilled about the youth ministry at Calvary Baptist Church!  I just got through some more brainstorming and planning for our Wednesday night meetings, and the more things I think about, the more things I desire to communicate to the parents and teens.  I want to say once again that I could not be happier with the spirit that already exists in the teenagers in our church.  I speak not only of the ones we got to know at camp but also of all those with whom we have had contact through CBC’s various ministries.  I said before that we are reaping a lot of fruit from the plowing, planting, watering and caring that the Burkholders put into that part of their ministry and lives!  It is fascinating to see how much a group takes on the personality of its leader, and we would not want this group’s personality to be any other way.

With that said, I want to welcome you to this new portion of the website.  The “Announcements” page under the “Youth” tab will include a lot of the details for any upcoming events, but this page will be something a little different.  I am always thinking about something, and there are SO many times throughout the week that I think, “Man, I wish there was some way to communicate this.”  Right now, my wife and I are coming into this whole ministry as “the kids,” and we certainly realize that.  In light of that, we want to conduct ourselves in a manner that would be fitting for the position in which we have been placed, and we cannot express how seriously we take the responsibility we have been given.  Now, this does NOT mean that we will be serious all the time and never have any fun, but it does mean that we will do our best to be good examples and teach God’s Word.  Also, we will do our best to have clear reasons behind the things that we do so that you can at least have the confidence that our decisions have been thought through.

Our position as youth directors is not a position of authority over the home.  Children are given to parents, and the rearing of children is your responsibility as parents.  We are here to help the family and provide a place for teens to grow in God’s Word and serve God through the opportunities that the church provides.  What that growth and service looks like is weekly meetings, regular activities (all with some purpose in mind), encouragement to serve in the church and much more.  I am no authority on youth ministry and I will try to never convey a supreme attitude.  In fact, I ask, plead and beg for your help as we jump into this for the first time; we don’t have a clue!  I sincerely desire parents who have been through this before or are going through the full-time job of raising teens to teach me, be patient with my mistakes, and help the future of the church by encouraging and growing the youth ministry and its leadership.  I may not make every decision just how you would like it, but if that’s the case, please let me know as soon as possible.

Simply put, we will be preaching God’s Word every week to the teens, and my wife and I will love on them like they are our kids.  We joked on Sunday that we had just adopted about 40 kids (!), but we couldn’t be happier about it.  Thank you once again for the kindness over the last couple of months, and for trusting us every week with the teaching of your teens.  If you ever have any questions, please call, text, email, or somehow let Mrs. Jamie or me know and we will do whatever we can to help.

  • Bro. Ryan: ryan.rench@cbctemecula.com (See the directory for my cell phone number)
  • Mrs. Jamie: jamie.rench@cbctemecula.com

Until next time,


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