Alyssa Announces Her Departure
Dear Friends and Family of Spirit of Joy Children's and Youth Ministry,
It's with a mix of different emotions that I announce to you, and your families, that this is my last month as the Spirit of Joy Children's and Youth Director. I will be finishing out the school year with the kids and programming, but will be off church payroll as of June 1st. Let me say this first: while I am stepping down from the position, I am staying active and involved in the ministries.
TO ANSWER A FEW QUESTIONS...
WHY? I love this job. To even call it a job is ridiculous because it's more than that to me and always will be. But at this time, as I change and grow, I have become excited to pursue other career options. Ministry and serving in ministry will always be a huge part of my life, and I am excited that I can continue to serve in the church even as an unpaid lay person.
WHY NOW? The church and I have prayerfully considered when this transition would take place. Not only do I believe that now is a good time to bring in another person to grow the ministry (get their feet set before we transition to a new church building), but we were waiting until we found the right person for the job... and we have found him! His name is Luke Rios.
WHO IS LUKE? Luke Rios is a San Diego native with a passion for ministry. As a 23 year old (the age I was when I stepped into the position... wow...!) he has interned at a variety of churches, served in the church most of his life, and is studying Christian Ministries with an emphasis on Christian Leadership at Point Loma Nazarene University. He has a passion for seeing youth raised up in the image of Christ, is a gifted speaker and worship leader.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? Not much will change for a while. I am announcing to Youth and Families tonight that I will be transitioning out, and announcing to the church on Sunday. The rest of the month Luke will be shadowing me and the services as he gets a feel for how things are done. Be sure to come say, hi--you are sure to like him! Luke is officially taking over summer programming, but the two of us will be handling it together, and then he hits the ground running in August.
CHILDREN'S MINISTRY: With this transition, and our excitement to pour more into our ministries, we are excited to announce that Denise Dimmitt, our current Nursery Director, will be expanding her role to oversee Sunday School, VBS, KidsKLUB, and the Nursery.
I cannot express to you my gratitude for these past years serving at Spirit of Joy Church. This is my family and I love it dearly. I could not ask for a more blessed church to be a part of and am THRILLED that I can (and will) continue to serve this church with a passion. My relationships with your families and kids will not change when I step down, even if my role officially does.
Thank you for your support. It's been an amazing, heart-filled, life-changing five years and I am excited to be a part of many more with you, your kids, and this church.
Please reach out if you have any further questions. I am open to continue the discussion with you and your kids about what this transition will look like.
With much love and many blessings,