Last night (Aug 30, 2013), I had the pleasure to share with the youth and young professionals of Highway Hills United Methodist Church in Mandaluyong City. The fellowship event last night is their first attempt to reach out more intentionally to the young professionals in the area according to Pastor Jose (administrative Pastor there), Dr. Crisa, Deaconess Aubrey, and Analyn (the 33-year old Council Chair).
Isn’t that awesome?
Nothing excites me more for the ministry when churches attempt to do new things (new, at least to us as United Methodists, heheh) for the Lord. Highway Hills UMC has a good location — it’s very near the business district of Ortigas, Greenfield District in Shaw, and Boni-Pioneer. So if they find a good, solid strategy to reach out to young professionals in the area, imagine the impact!
As first things go, I believe that Highway Hills has much to learn. But Pastor Jose also told me that the Church Council is full of young bloods. Analyn (sorry, I didn’t get her surname), the Council Chair is only 33 years old! That’s just three years ahead of my age. Apparently, the membership of the church is pretty young and the Tanders (matanda) in the church don’t really want to assume the Council position. Wow, such a good gesture! The old letting the young take the lead! In some local churches, I know, the young people are not given such opportunities either because the oldies are entrenched in their positions, or the young people are unwilling to take on the responsibilities of being part of the church council.
My prayer is that Highway Hills UMC will continue to learn what it’s like to reach out to young professionals in the area and that they also share the lessons they learn to the broader community of the United Methodist Church. If we fail to reach the young professionals, there are countless other churches near the business districts who will happily welcome them! (There’s one in Greenhills, another in Robinson’s Galleria, another one at the back of Megamall, and still there’s another one at Boni Pioneer, but you get what I mean. :D)