New Jersey Synod Youth Ministry
God is crazy-in-love with young people: children, teens, young adults - God loves ‘em all! God is alive in, and works through, young people. Don’t believe it? Read the Bible. Look around you.
In the New Jersey Synod we seek to be a church that loves young people with the love of Jesus and walk with them as they grow in faith and lead lives of Christian servanthood. We do this first and foremost in our congregations. We also do this through synodical youth events and training opportunities, and by helping connect them with the wider church and God-in-the-world!
Please contact our Youth Ministry Team Leader if your congregation would like an assessment of its youth ministry, help in dealing with a particular problem relating to youth ministry, or are looking for new ways to strengthen and grow the faith lives of the young people in your congregation and community.
Information regarding our synod’s youth ministry events can be found here. Support and training opportunities for adults involved in youth ministry can be found here.
Congregational Training Opportunities
Boundaries and Safety Training- The care and safety of children and young people are of paramount concern to our church. Your congregation should have a regularly updated Congregational Safety Policy that includes sections specifically relating to children and youth. If you would like help in crafting or updating such a policy or would like to hold a Boundaries and Safety Training for your congregation, please contact the office to help you in this matter.
Youth Ministry Mission Team
Our synod has a Youth Ministry Mission Team which helps provide oversight and direction for our synodical youth ministry offerings. Many thanks to all who serve on this Team!
Jeffery Blanford (St Matthew, Moorestown)
Anthony Briggs (Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center)
Michele Brosman (Zion, Egg Harbor City)
Jessica Clarke (Resurrection, Hamilton Square)
Carlos Cuevas (Christus, Camden)
Carol Dorn (St. Paul, Beachwood)
Carla Ferreira (St. Stephan Grace, Newark)
Nicole Krenz (St. Stephan Grace, Newark)
Debra Porowski (Faith, Hillsborough), LEADER
Matthew Porowski (Faith, Hillsborough)
Kathryn Schaefer (Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center)
Victoria Thomas (St Matthew, Moorestown)
Jason O. Reed, Staff
The Rev. Annemarie Cook, Synod Council Mission Program Liaison