Monday, May 3, 2010

youTheology Prepared me For Leadership

I can honestly say one of the best things I’ve done is participate in youTheology. I definitely took a leap of faith when applying for the program and entering into the yearlong journey that I still find impacting me today.

I graduate from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln on May 8th with a degree in Inclusive Early Childhood Education: Birth to Grade 3. Beginning in August I will be teaching preschool for Elkhorn Public Schools (which is in West Omaha). I’m also in the process of closing on a house and I am continually amazed at the abundance of blessings God has provided with me lately.

I participated in youTheology in its 2nd year of existence, the 2004-2005 school year, which was my junior year of high school. I loved learning about the Methodist church, John Wesley, the Wesleyan Quadrilateral, and how to impact lives around me.

There was a semester in college when I visited a different church every Sunday and found myself constantly being reminded of things I’d learned in youTheology. There were so many churches that just seemed to be missing something or I didn’t agree with something in their values. When I finally found a church, it was only fitting that it was a United Methodist church. The thing I know I’ve taken the most from yT is the concrete values I learned and experienced first-hand.

I’ve spent this past year on a leadership team for a campus ministry. youTheology prepared me to be a leader and example to peers. Also after going on a hurricane relief spring break trip one year, I led a similar trip the following spring break. Every service trip is such a humbling experience and reminds me how much I see Christ working in the lives of college students. It takes having a servant heart to dedicate your entire spring break helping people who need it the most and to show Christ’s love through actions. I’ve gotten involved in the young adult ministry at church and have met people that are passionate about Jesus, being a community, and impacting the community we live in. This can be seen in Sunday School class, gathering for a game night, packaging food for 3rd world countries, or volunteering for local organizations. It reinforces something I learned in youTheology: my gifts can change lives.

Brenna Poppe
youTheology Alumna Loving God, Loving Neighbor

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