Since July 2013 James Bowden has served as the State Youth Minister half time while being the Associate Minister at Blackwood Church of Christ. It is with sadness and gratitude that we said fare well to James from his State Youth Ministry role on March 10th. James will be taking some time off as he and Carly welcome their second child into the world very soon. In the middle of this year James will commence ministry at Blackwood Church of Christ in a full time capacity as the Ministry Team Leader.
We are grateful for the work James has facilitated in building up and sustaining youth ministries across the state. He spent a lot of his time, mentoring, training and caring for youth leaders in our churches. James was also overseeing State Youth Games and our state youth camping ministry.
In a message to leaders James says: "I’ve loved being able to serve alongside you all these last few years. It has been a massive privilege to see God at work in and through you and a real blessing to receive your support. Your character and faith has been a visible reminder to me that God – in his own patient and gracious way – is at work in our world, and nothing will stop him from bringing that work to completion."
In James' absence the State Ministry Team is working on a transition to ensure commitment to supporting the growth of our state youth ministry continues. Two new roles are being created to replace the State Youth Minister: Youth Events Coordinator and Youth Ministry Coach. These two roles will be supported and guided by a newly re-formed Youth Vision SA Executive. There will be more details on this to come.