Norwich YFC commission two new directors
Norwich Youth For Christ
has commissioned two new directors and a Fusion
youth worker at a service on January 20.
The new recruit is Johny Grimwo0d who joined NYFC in October 2006 to work under the Fusion scheme. The old hands are Matt Gooch and Mark Tuma who have been with the organisation for seven and eight years respectively, but were being commissioned into their new role as Joint Directors.
Johny said: "I really enjoyed it, Grantley Watkins’ talk was inspiring and it was great to get the support in prayer and make statements before God about what I'm doing here - it makes me accountable to him as well as Matt and Mark."
Johny is working with churches in Poringland as well as with NYFC centrally, and his work involves a varied diet of school assemblies, lunch-time and after-school clubs, graphic design, events and strategic planning. Johny was supported on the evening by members of his family and a number of leaders from Poringland.
Matt said: "It really brought home to me the part we have in the heritage of Youth For Christ in Norwich and internationally. Mark and I have been involved with NYFC for nearly 15 years each, but the organisation has been here for twice that long taking the Gospel to young people."
Mark added: "I hope that our time as directors will be characterised by two things: first a commitment to doing the great commission with young people in Norwich, seeing disciples made; and secondly a new burst of the pioneer spirit that has always been part of YFC's DNA, not just here in Norwich, but all over the globe. It's great to be part of a movement that started so obviously in response to God's leading - when you think that people in places as far apart as USA and New Zealand were simultaneously led to start something called YFC with the same aims, mission and vision you realise God was definitely involved!"
Mark, Matt and Johny were commissioned by the NYFC trustees: Margaret Smith, Richard Child, David Adeney and Heather Cracknell at the service held at St Luke’s church in Norwich.
David Adeney explained how the trustees had come to the unusual decision of appointing joint directors: "When we were discussing and praying about the appointment of Joint Directors we were reminded of Jesus' example, as recorded in the Gospel of Mark chapter 6 verse 7 where it's written 'He called the twelve and began to send them out, two by two.' We were reassured that there was a precedent for this after all!"
Pictured are Matt Gooch and Johny Grimwo0d during the service.