Nikki Rud, Zion Lutheran, Grand Rapids, MN
Along the same lines as bringing Peer Ministers on trips, we also have started including Peer Ministers as helpers in all of our elementary and junior high aged programs. It began out of necessity, as growing numbers of youth left me needing more assistance. It didn’t take long, however, for me to have a “duh” moment…why hadn’t I been doing this all along?!? The Peer Ministers were not only helping me out but they were role models for the youth and able to build solid foundational relationships. Especially in regards to our Rascals – K-5th grade – program, having these “big kids” present has allowed them to play, pray, sing and learn together forming lasting bonds.
I have heard many stories over the years from Peer Ministers going off to college or jobs and how their skills in PML helped them to not only get through difficult times but also to help others through their new life transitions and tribulations. They are no longer just Peer Ministers – they are the church being raised to love like Jesus and will continue to be in service to God through their deliberate actions.