Steering Team
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Chelsea Spyres, leader of the Leadership Development steering team.

Why did you get involved with Journey to the Table?

I got involved with Journey to the Table because I wanted to help be a part of something that would have the power to connect young adults with each other and with God. After experiencing Chrysalis and helping lead many weekends I saw a need for something for young adults, and was excited about the conversation that was happening around The Upper Room which led to the creation of Journey to the Table.
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Steering Team
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Lyn Cosby, who helped develop the Schedule Blocks of Journey to the Table.

Why did you get involved with Journey to the Table?

I have worked in the Alabama Young Adult Chrysalis Community for 20+ years and was happy to see the ministry self-evaluate and update.

How do you see Journey to the Table working well with young adults?

Getting young adults away for three days was becoming more and more difficult. Our Chrysalis Journeys were harder and harder to fill with participants. The new model will spread the reach of the ministry to those who might not have experienced the ministry otherwise.

Describe Journey to the Table in one word.

Progressive.
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Doug Palmer, a JTT steering team leader is going to be a voting representative at the United Methodist Church’s General Conference in 2016. I can’t tell you what a privilege it is to work with people who are so involved in the future of what ministry looks like for us all.

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Process, Steering Team
Over the weekend of Sept. 19th -21st, 2014 the leadership of a new steering team met to continue work on a new young adult ministry program that would later be named Journey to the Table. Five volunteers from across the country met at The Upper Room office in Nashville, Tennessee to discuss program goals and develop specific plans to write program content. We covered a lot:
  • an overview of our parent Emmaus ministries & a vision for their future,
  • the age group we intend to serve and what it takes to reach them,
  • themes for the program,
  • handbook structure,
  • effectively teaching / ministering to young adults,
  • ideas for a name,
  • steering team, testing, and rollout process,
  • and made sub-group assignments.
The team toured The Upper Room Museum and Chapel, and shared in a short time of worship and communion. Greg Engroff, the Executive Director of Programs for The Upper Room worshiped with the team, and welcomed them on Friday afternoon. Kate Dickinson, the Associate Director of Emmaus ministries, gave the first presentation and led a discussion on the core elements of existing ministries. This presentation and the subsequent conversation about the age group we intend to serve formed a common foundation, and took most of Saturday morning.  Starting in the afternoon, the team built specific plans for the program. Here’s the first paragraph that was ever written describing what we developed:
The new program will have many of the core elements that we have experienced: a theology of grace, agape letters of encouragement, and a focus on 4th days/ next steps, just to name a few. It will also have new themes of relationship, growth in a transitory time of life, seeing God in daily life, tools for the journey, technology and spiritual life, and (my favorite title) “if you don’t see a space – make a space!:” empowering young adults to create relationships, communities, and ministries to live out their spiritual formation. This combination will allow us to build on the solid foundation of teachings in Walk to Emmaus, Chrysalis, and Face to Face, and apply them to the specific needs and characteristics of young adults today.
Soon, these steering team leaders will be sharing parts of their story, and what this experience was like creating this new piece of their ministries. We can’t wait for you to meet them.
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Process, Steering Team

This was one of the early outlines for he role of the Steering Team.  I started working on this in April of 2014, and settled on this process as more of the Steering Team leaders agreed to serve. In a lot of ways, I’m amazed just how well we stayed on the timeline. But then again, as you read about the people who formed our Steering Team, you’ll see that it was their passion that made it work.

 

Steering Team Outline

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