Litany for Commissioning Youth Pastor

By: Rev. Adrian Dieleman

This litany was used on February 10, 2002

Commissioning of Tim Potstra, Youth Pastor

Congregation of Jesus Christ:

Today Tim Potstra is to be commissioned into the position of Youth Pastor. It is his calling to be responsible for developing and implementing programs designed to meet the spiritual, emotional and developmental needs of the youth, high school, and young adult singles of the congregation of Trinity United Reformed Church.

He shall participate as well as give direction and assistance to others involved in these programs.

He shall encourage the lay leadership to promote, participate and initiate effective youth programs. We encourage cooperation with parents and the faculty and staff of Central Valley Christian School.

To fill so worthy a responsibility the Youth Pastor shall have a warm and glowing relationship with Jesus Christ, and shall have the ability to express that relationship to the youth of Trinity.

The Youth Pastor shall be committed to the Church of Jesus Christ and to the Reformed Faith.

The Youth Pastor shall possess a strong sense of calling from the Lord to give substantially of his time and efforts in ministering to the youth.

The Youth Pastor shall have a love for youth and the ability to relate to the needs and life experiences of teenagers and young adults.

LITANY (led by chairman of the youth committee) Gerben Leyendekker

Leader: Today we celebrate God's gift of leadership for His people. We joyfully thank Him for providing people who serve Him and His people by way of ministry to youth.

People: We see Christ's love evidenced in the leadership given. We know the Spirit equips those whom He calls to serve.

Leader: Jesus taught leadership by serving in selfless loving. He said, "...just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom."

People: We are thankful for those who serve us. We pray that they may exercise their callings with a mature faith, constant prayer, increasing patience and Christlike humility.

Leader: Tim, to express your acceptance of your calling, you are asked to stand, and here in the presence of God and His church, to answer the following questions:

Tim: I do, God helping me.


Commissioning as elders lay their hands on Tim: God our heavenly Father, who has equipped you to serve Him and His People, guide you by His Word and Spirit, and cause your ministry to prosper that His youth and church may grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Charge to the Youth Pastor:

I charge you, Tim, to "guard yourself and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you an overseer. Be a shepherd of the church of God, bought with his own blood" (Acts 20:28). Be a friend and Christlike example to children. Give clear and cheerful guidance to young people. By word and example, bear up God's people in their pain and weakness, and celebrate their joys with them. Hold in trust all sensitive matters confided to you. Be compassionate. Know the Scriptures, which are "useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness" (2 Tim 3:16). Pray continually for the church. Remember at all times that if you would truly give spiritual leadership in the household of faith, you must be completely mastered by your Lord (1 Tim 3:2-7).

Charge to the Congregation:

I charge you, people of God, to receive this Youth Pastor as Christ's gift to the church. Recognize in him the Lord's provision for healthy congregational life. Hold him in honor; take his counsel seriously; respond to him with respect; accept his help with thanks. Sustain him in prayer and encourage him with your support, especially when he feels the burden of his office. Acknowledge him as the Lord's servant among you.

Do you congregation, pledge to receive him as you have been charged?

Answer (by the congregation in unison): We do, God helping us.

Song # 588 "Tell Your Children"

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