A few years back, I and other leaders in our youth ministry combined our thoughts, passions, and philosophies in order to come up with a joint purpose statement for our youth ministry. Happily, we were quite unified in our responses, and we came up with the following purpose statement.
Our Youth Ministry seeks a partnership with the body of Wake Chapel in which we give our students appropriate experiences that promote Biblical growth:
|In character through Service
In number through Evangelism
In their Relationship with Christ
In love and care of each other through Fellowship
That purpose statement says a LOT about what, why, and how our youth ministry is fashioned, but can be whittled down to 4 easy to remember letters. S, E, R, and F stand for Service, Evangelism, Relationship with Christ, and Fellowship.
The logo above was designed by Kerry Johnson, a former member of our youth ministry, and will be a frequently seen logo around Wake Chapel to remind us all why we do what we do in youth ministry.
Though our purpose statement was formed years ago, I recently was reading about “serfdom” and found some interestingly appropriate links between the usage of the word “SERF” in our logo, and its historical meaning centuries ago.
In a very simple definition serfs were people who maintained a humble status and worked for their lord under a condition of bondage, and in return had various entitlements such as protection, justice, and a right to cultivate their own land to maintain their own subsistence. I am fully aware that the analogy of likening a serf to a Christian will have its flaws, but I did find the basic similarity intriguing. (See Luke 1:38, Romans 6:16-18, 2 Corinthians 6:4, Ephesians 6:6, Titus 1:1, James 1:1, and Revelation 15:3). That history along with each letter meaning of S.E.R.F. in our purpose statement will only help remind us more of our unique relationship with our Father God. We are His sons and daughters; adopted into His family; bought with His blood; redeemed from an empty way of life; rescued from the dominion of darkness; His workmanship created for His service; and guaranteed eternal life with Him. What a wonderful place to be!