LAKELAND, FL - Dave Sippel, the Conference Director of Ministries with Young People, will be leaving the Conference staff to take on a greater role with Youth Ministry Architects. Dave has been serving in his Conference role for just over a year at 20 hours per week. He has also been serving as a Senior Consultant with Youth Ministry Architects, a ministry consulting firm located in Nashville, TN. Dave’s last day on the Conference staff will be November 23rd. He plans to stay involved with Conference task teams and youth worker development, and will be part of the 26 member group from Florida that will attend the Exploration Conference in early November.
Exploration is a three-day event for young adults age 18-26 to hear, discern,and respond to God's call to ordained ministry and to explore their gifts for service as a deacon or elder in The United Methodist Church.
“Dave has been instrumental in helping the Conference develop a more strategic, collaborative, connected ministry with youth and young adults. During his time with us he has established lasting connections with campus ministries, our United Methodist camps, UMVIM, and Global Ministries, “ reported Beth Fogle-Miller, Director of Connectional Ministries. “He has also worked to build a peer learning and mentoring network among the youth workers, and served as an advocate and planning coach for the Reclaim Young Adult movement that is entering its third year of ministry here in the Conference.”
A partnership with the Youth Ministry Institute has also been established during Sippel's tenure. This relationship assists local churches directly through pre-hiring consulting with SPRC’s, and supports youth directors with a two-year training and development process. Kelly Minter is continuing in her role on the Conference staff providing direction and guidance for the CCYM program, as well as creating an enjoyable, safe, learning experience for the youth delegates to Annual Conference.