Story submitted by Julie Kessler for The Presbyterian Church of LaPorte
Youth ministry at The Presbyterian Church of LaPorte has gotten a significant boost
with the hiring of Aaron Lickliter for the full-time position of Coordinator of Ministries for Children and Youth. Lickliter began his new job on Jan. 15, 2017.
“We are thrilled to be hiring our first full-time director of children and youth ministries. We have been working hard to develop our ministries to young people and their families,” said Rev. Dr. Sally Wicks.
Lickliter is completing a final semester-plus for a bachelor’s degree in biblical and religious studies, with a concentration in youth ministry. His experience includes youth ministry intern at Ashburn Presbyterian Church in Ashburn, VA, and developing and leading Bible studies and recreation for youth at Lakeside Christian Camp in Pittsfield, MA. His interests also include team sports, golfing, fishing, sailing and photography.
“My hope is that (the youth of LaPorte) will come to know the amazing God that we’re all afforded the opportunity to engage with, learn from, and draw from,” Lickliter said. “I want them to know they’re loved by this God each and every day; regardless of what they do they’re loved and continuously pursued by this God. And to know they’re loved by this church and by the people of LaPorte.”
The children and youth play a role in this ministry as well, said Lickliter. “God uses the students in youth ministry as a window to His character, His grace and his mercy, revealing Himself to leaders of youth ministry programs.”
Wicks said this fits with the church’s stated “desire to be a place where young people can belong, be heard, be needed and be God’s.”
Lickliter’s duties include:
— attending youth sporting events, concerts and coffee shop visits
— overseeing the ministry to children including Kid’s Club, Children’s Church, vacation Bible school and special activities
— engaging youth from the community
— utilizing the church’s plan for faith development in major biblical/theological themes
— publicizing well-organized youth events so parents can be confident their children are being faithfully and creatively nurtured
— making the youth ministry energizing, magnetic, playful, positive and healthy
“I believe God has called me to ministry to youth. I look forward to partnering with students as they engage the world with their faith,” said Lickliter.
“It’s a stretch to move to full time,” Wicks said of the position, “but we are blessed with many, many faithful members who have caught a vision for ministry to children and youth.
“We just love Aaron! He’s a very genuine person and just fun to be with. We think our young people are going to find a friend in Aaron.”
For more information on the church and its programs, visit yourhomechurch.org.