Thursday, September 04, 2014

on the shortlived MH career of Adam Ramsey and revisiting this recent departure in light of MH's and MD's evolving view on the necessity of any age-bracketed ministry
Pastor Dave Bruskas
October 04, 2012

Dear Mars Hill Church,

Our student population is growing like crazy. Almost all of our 14 locations have at least one high school nearby. Thousands of kids will age out of Mars Hill Kids ministry in the next five years, and more and more families are starting to attend.  

The mission of our church is to make disciples and to plant churches. As we accomplish this work God has given us, we want our young people be involved in meaningful ways. Having the right leader to direct this effort is critical. We want Mars Hill Students to grow in their own faiths and to involve them in reaching out to family members, friends, and classmates with the love of Jesus. We also want our young people to have big opportunities to grow as leaders in the church.

Meet the Ramseys

For all of these reasons and more, I’m excited to introduce Adam Ramsey, our new director of the Mars Hill Students ministry. Adam joins us from Australia, where he was a youth pastor and then a campus pastor at Elevation Church in Queensland, where he also founded a cross-denominational movement of youth and young adults.

He has followed Mars Hill Church for many years now, and comes highly recommended from some of the best student ministry leaders in the country. Adam and his wife, Kristina, are excited to join our church family this month, along with their three young kids (one girl and two boys).

What’s next for Mars Hill Students

Adam’s role at Mars Hill will be to build up our student ministry across the entire church. He’ll lead weekly regional events in the Seattle area, and provide direction for all of our locations.
Adam’s responsibility is big vision, teaching, and overall planning for student ministry. Locally, most of our churches will still have a student ministry leader (staff or volunteer) who will serve as a consistent, relational presence for the congregation. These local leads will work closely with Adam as one large team. With this joint effort, we hope to see a lot of middle school and high school students meet Jesus and grow in the gospel. In Adam’s own words:
One of my greatest joys is seeing young people encounter the life-transforming power of the gospel, that not only saves them, but sends them on God’s glorious mission into their world. More than just a student ministry at Mars Hill Church . . . I see a student movement that is equipping young men and women to be disciples who make disciples, to spread Jesus’ fame to their generation!
From the outset, Adam will be based out of Mars Hill Sammamish, which is situated less than a mile from three large high schools east of Seattle. He’ll be leading weekly events on the Eastside, in south Seattle, and in north Seattle. Once we start to get some momentum, we fully plan on replicating the effort for the benefit of all our churches, using video, large events, and local leadership participation.

Please pray!

We’re expecting the Ramseys’ arrival toward the end of October. Please pray for safe travels and the future of Mars Hill Students. We are so grateful that Adam and his family have decided to uproot and join us for a full-scale charge to bring the good news of Jesus to the next generation.

For those who will probably not remember, about thirteen years ago none other than Mark Driscoll himself launched into a public fusillade against the stupidity of age-delineated ministries such as youth ministry.  This material was mentioned in another post at Wenatchee The Hatchet over here, in which one of Jamie Munson's stated reasons for the immediate termination of Paul Petry was that Munson considered Petry to be critical of ... the youth ministry.

Clearly things have changed in 13 years and Ramsey has departed.

That there has even been a director of student ministry at Mars Hill to resign to begin with is a pretty big change if we compare that role existing at all to what Mark Driscoll was telling the world in 2001.

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