Get to know Faith Formation Team Leader Debby Kirk

Get to know Faith Formation Team Leader Debby Kirk

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My journey as a faith formation leader began in my local church, the First Congregational Church of Woodstock, CT.  As one who enjoys music, I combined spiritual formation, bible stories, and song as I directed the children’s choral group.  I spent over ten years administering the collaborative youth ministry program that was sponsored by the First Congregational Church of Woodstock and East Woodstock Congregational Church. During that time I led numerous missions trips and created the Compassion Camp program to help middle school youth engage in service learning.
 
In 2009, I was contracted by Rev. Da Vita McAllister at the historic Connecticut Conference to help organize the New England Regional Youth Event at Boston University.  In 2011, I joined the CTUCC staff in a part-time capacity, and then expanded my role to become the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries in 2015.  One joy in this work is administering the Thinking About Working For God program to help youth consider vocation and call.
 
For those working in youth ministry, I recommend Mark DeVries’ Sustainable Youth Ministry, especially his reminder to develop a team approach.  The Yale Youth  Ministry Institute has a wealth of resources, to equip teens as well as teams engaged in the ministry.

As we move into the new year, I will continue my focus on youth ministry, not only to provide leadership opportunities for young people, but also to resource the adults who nurture them in faith. I am excited about Youth @ Synod coming up in July.  Wider church experiences can be powerful for young people as they begin to dig into justice issues and practice advocacy.  Though this event will be offered virtually, it promises to be a great opportunity for our UCC youth to network with one another.
 
 
 

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Debby D. Kirk

Debby Kirk is the Faith Formation Team Leader of the Southern New England Conference.  She serves on the Faith Formation Team and oversees the Youth and Young Adult Ministries programs of the Conference. She organizes leadership development programs ...

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