We felt we needed to get Mark on the Northridge bus even though we didn't know how long he would fill the role of youth pastor on our staff. From the beginning, we were brainstorming on other roles that Mark could fill. Although he is still very effective and he still enjoys it greatly, we have had a continual conversation about the future.
Recently, we determined that Mark should be one of our campus pastors. Although Mark loves his current role, he is also excited about the option of leading one of our multi-site locations.
Mark came to me a few months ago and mentioned that considering the timing of our next multi-site (2014) and his potential role as a campus pastor – that a young man had come to his attention that we really needed to consider. So we have brought him here twice and put him through multiple interviews. On Thursday, the Oversight Team unanimously voted to ask Aaron to come onto our staff and he has accepted.
Although we know Mark is doing a great job and could continue doing so for a long, long time – we think this is the right time and the right person. This is a hard decision for both Mark and for me. Mark loves what he is doing and wishes he could play both roles. It is hard for me because Mark has had a huge influence on my daughters and I will be forever grateful for his role (and his wife's role) in shaping their character. My daughters love God more because of Mark & Gretchen.
It is rare that a youth pastor changes roles internally in a church. I'm so happy that Mark's transition from youth ministry doesn't mean a transition from Northridge Church.
I look forward to having you meet Aaron & Lauren very soon. They plan to move here in the next few weeks. He is young with a huge heart for God and great skills and abilities. His wife is a great blessing and they will be a great team. Although it is his first pastoral position, we do have four former youth pastors on staff to help him succeed (Mark, Dave Boehm, Andy Woodall, and me). But more importantly, we have an all-star team of youth volunteers to team with them.
We all will be guiding him and cheering him on as he continues the youth ministry success that God has granted through the leadership of Dave Boehm and Mark Nelson!
More info on them coming soon!