Jesse Blasdel is a seasoned pastor who has served in youth ministry since 2006.
is experiencing new challenges in his
role that make him very grateful to have the support of the new Youth Ministry Network.
The network - a partnership of Western District Conference (WDC) and South Central Conference (SCC) - is forging a stronger link between congregations and the area conferences in their joint mission of forming youth in Christ.
Blasdel, student outreach pastor at South Hutchinson Mennonite Church (SCC), is commissioned as Youth Ministry Event Leader.
"Challenges in youth ministry have become more intense in the past couple of years," Blasdel
Blasdel, who is continuing in his full-time role in the South Hutchinson congregation, will lead the joint Youth Ministry Committee, to eventually include five members.
He will guide these members, who are currently persons serving as congregational youth pastors, in planning and executing conference-wide events.
In the midst of the new challenges of guiding youth pastors in their planning, Blasdel wants to help everyone keep in sight the many joys that are part of youth ministry.
They are joys that are sure to double in the new shared partnership.
"Despite all the tough stuff, I experience so many joys in youth ministry," he
said "One Sunday night around Valentine's Day, I was teaching on how to forge Godly relationships.
"Afterwards, I got a text message from a gal who said she
had been really confused about relationships and had been praying to God to help her
sort it all out. … She
said that for the first time, she
felt God had spoken to her
personally, and that she
felt God had answered her
prayer through the teaching.