In recent weeks, SU South Africa has embarked on a process to hear from God as to how He wants SU to be positioned and making an impact as part of His mission in SA.
In the months of May and June, some 48 interested folk made inputs via online surveys into SU’s role, particularly around the key issue of young people (and their parents) steering well clear of local churches… and so, the slim chance of most young people in our country hearing about Jesus and being led in following Him daily in their lives. A key aspect highlighted in the questions was that of parents’ role in spiritual formation and current breakdown in traditional family units. Also examined was how a Christian presence could / should be structured in school environments.
Input came in from school principals, teachers, youth pastors, senior pastors, heads of sister organisations, key activity volunteers, ex-staff members and current team members. This resulted in quite a wide range of thoughts, opinions and convictions.
A team of SU staff and volunteers met on 24 – 25 July at Cornerstone College (Salt River) to identify issues emerging. Dr Don Glass (SU’s Operations Chairman) facilitated the event. Some of the issues are around how SU is structured, but several key and exciting issues came through strongly: Bible Engagement; Training; Resources; Enabling and Discipling; and so on. SU’s Ops team will now add flesh to the bones and articulate specific goals and achievables for the next year or two…
Critical in the process was checking each issue against SU’s mission (Leading young people to know and walk with God), vision (Christ-centred leaders in relational youth evangelism) and values (faith-filled, integrity, contextual ministry, enabling and discipling). Please pray for our team for great wisdom and courage as we tackle these very important issues under God’s leadership.
SU Operations Manager