The Peer Ministry program began in the year 2000 and since then dozens of youth have learned how to serve their peers through the weekend training retreats. These amazing youth and young adults showed willingness to volunteer, work hard, and sacrifice fun opportunities to be Christ’s hands and feet in the world. We are immensely grateful for the gift of their time, the gift of their presence with those in need, and their personal gifts which they shared with the youth ministry program over the years.
The program has seen many different leaders in its 15 years. Change in leadership creates a change in vision and direction. In consultation with Bishop Dean Wolfe, we have examined our Peer Ministry program and decided not to continue it for 2015–2016. The Peer Ministry program has served this Diocese well; however, the ministry no longer operates to achieve its original goals and design. When this occurs, it is time to stop and re-evaluate. In this next academic year we aim to assess the needs of our Diocese so that we may better serve the youth in the future.