After almost a decade of the First Third initiative in WA, we have much to celebrate and much to learn from.
If we are to equip a generation of young people for worship, witness and service which brings much fruit for the Kingdom of God, we know we need all hands on deck, working together not just to save the Church, but mobilise it! Can you see a Church where all generations work together for selfless, servant-hearted ministry and mission? If so, we need you!
The First Third Committee is currently developing a new model to equip the Uniting Church WA for effective First Third Ministry. We believe that networking, equipping local ‘champions’ in congregations and sharing and practicing real life examples is what we need for effective First Third Ministry going forward.
First Third ministry is about those in the ‘first third’ of life but this means it is also about understanding and co-operation between generations, not just ‘youth ministry’ or ‘children’s ministry’. We are better together, not apart. As part of this ‘re-model’, we will also be exploring a new name to capture the heart of this ministry focus in our church.
Our current hope is to have first third staff members who are well equipped to mentor lay ‘champions’ of First Third ministry in congregations (and other settings), encourage and facilitate networking and equip them for ministry in their local context.
For more information, please contact Janine McDonald, First Third Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org or 9260 9800.
As someone invested in this ministry, we look forward to hearing your thoughts and discerning God’s way forward for us together.
The First Third Committee