Lutheran Youth of North Seattle (LYONS) is celebrating its 20th year of ministry in the North Seattle area. As most people do, we will be celebrating throughout the year, but in addition to looking back we want to take a focused look at what is ahead for LYONS in the next 20 years and beyond. To do that we are embarking on a visioning process this winter and spring, and we are looking for the input and prayers of all congregation members.
The goal of the visioning process is to create a new, renewed and refreshed vision for youth faith formation and youth ministry, and to continue supporting, growing and sustaining this vibrant ministry. A visioning team has been created that includes congregational members and pastors from each of the LYONS member churches (PRLC, Queen Anne Lutheran, Ballard First Lutheran, St. John United Lutheran and University Lutheran). Members Joel Maier and Pete Vickers are your Phinney representatives on the Vision Team. We have also solicited the help of Dave Ellingson to help shepherd us through the process. Dave is a Lutheran Pastor, an educator who has taught youth ministry courses at Trinity Lutheran College and has consulted with a number of churches on visioning and program development.
As we progress into January and February we will be looking for input from our congregation community at large. We are hoping to hear from everyone, including those who have not been involved with LYONS, as well as avid supporters and volunteers. We are hoping that with some prayerful thought your ideas will help us shape the future of LYONS. We will cast our net for input by sending out an online survey, hard copy survey, and conducting face to face meetings. Dave Ellingson will also visit Phinney in February (date to be determined) to attend a face to face meeting to help gather your input. Joel and Pete will also be available between services to hear your input about the future of LYONS.
Once the input collection phase is complete the visioning team will review the data collected and issue a report with recommendations for the future of the LYONS Ministry. The report will then be used to develop goals and strategies for implementation.
More details will be forthcoming as we move down the visioning path. We look forward to gathering your comments, concerns and ideas for the future of LYONS.