Why do Milestones Matter?
Jewish tradition demonstrates rites of passage for young people when they reach milestones. In the Old Testament, altars were built to remember God’s faithfulness and celebrate victories. Our current culture promotes parties for accomplishments like graduation. What if we honored these values, but instead, put stakes of faith in the ground during moments when the church can recognize a milestone in the life of a young person and set a way for it to be intertwined with their faith, family and church?
Milestones Ministry will promote intentional celebration of life developments such as baptism, starting kindergarten, receiving Bibles, confirmation, starting middle school, starting high school, graduation and acquiring a first job. The celebration will not just be a certificate and some applause. It will include recognition of a new milestone that involves specific, intentional faith practices. Churches will be provided with the resources needed to turn the celebration of a next step into a milestone for further development with worship ideas, applicable Scripture, faith development resources, mentoring tools, and leadership development concepts.
Churches desire for young persons to be on a path of discipleship and want to make a way for young leaders to emerge. Milestones Ministry helps churches take intentional steps in the development of young people by providing avenues for growth within the life stage they are experiencing that creates a connection between their development, faith, family and church.
If you would like to contribute to the further development of Milestones Ministry or are interested in learning more about implementation of Milestones Ministry in your church contact Emily Krach at firstname.lastname@example.org.