First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem (FPCB) has been selected to be one of 53 congregations across the country participating in Princeton Theological Seminary’s “Log College Project.”
The Institute of Youth Ministry at the seminary describes the project this way: “The Log College Project is an innovative initiative…to help Christian congregations design, test, and implement new models of youth ministry….” These models will emphasize engaging youth alongside adults as co-creators and leaders in ministry, not simply as recipients or consumers of it.
“In our application, FPCB stressed the unique opportunity our congregation has right now to be a model for innovative youth ministry programs,” Pastor J.C. Austin said of the project, adding “Unlike most traditional congregations, we don’t have to dismantle or transform older models of youth ministry that have become less and less effective at engaging youth and equipping them as disciples of Christ. But, unlike most start-up congregations, we already have a strong and committed base of hundreds and hundreds of members from multiple generations who are committed to supporting authentic and powerful ministry with youth in our congregation. That story seems to have resonated with the leaders of the project, as we were one of only 53 congregations in the entire country chosen to participate.”
Pastor Austin said this work will be one of FPCB’s top priorities over the next month. Click he to learn more about The Log College Project at Princeton Theological Seminary.